Business and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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Business and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Of developed nations, the United States health coverage system represents a costly, inefficient, and inadequate example of delivering medical services. Unlike other developed nations, in which basic health services are provided as a service of the public sector to all citizens, the United States system is primarily comprised of private insurance companies covering 63.9% of the population, as well as a patchwork of public sector administered programs for the poor, elderly, disabled, veterans, and government employees (U.S. Department of Commerce). Regardless of the range of programs available in the United States, it is estimated that as many as 48.6 million citizens, or 15.7% of the populace, remain without health coverage (U.S. Department of Commerce). Citizens obtain health coverage from employers, 55.1%, while government administered programs cover 32.2%. In 2010, U.S. president Barak Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) aimed at extending covering to as many as 33 million uninsured citizens (Liptak, 2012). The passage of the act represents the most significant change to the United States health care system in several decades. With the bill totaling over 2,000 pages in length, the scope of changes impact all aspects of health services in some way. The business community, as the primary channel to coverage for most citizens, is keenly focused on the costs and
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