Current Development Of Federal Health Care Policy

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In March 23rd 2010, the Obama administration enacted a major development of federal health care policy. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly dubbed “Obamacare”, was planned to guarantee that millions of Americans who could not afford health insurance would have access to at least basic coverage. The law sought to make access to health care universal: it required individuals without insurance to purchase insurance (individual mandate), it required businesses to provide insurance (employer mandate), it set up insurance pools to allow those without care to purchase inexpensive insurance (healthcare exchanges), it required states to extend their Medicaid coverage (Medicaid expansion clause), and it forbade insurance…show more content…
Among others, in these specifically enumerate and include religious freedoms and freedom of speech. More so, they are expanded in general in the Ninth Amendment: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
Though politics is not the aim of our assignment or this writing, implicit in our work to identify important provisions with the ACA and argue how such provisions relate to Federalism and civil liberties under the Constitution should be a suspicion of the political intent surrounding the passage of this law. One wonders if we can ignore a meaning of the relationship on federalism and civil liberties, in just in the passing of the biggest and costliest of laws in the history of this nation, transferring 1/6th of the economy to the federal government in ways that would only be enumerated after its passing. It had little public support and was passed entirely by Democrats without one Republican vote from either house and in many cases, democrat votes that were cast under dubious circumstances. There is a strong argument at the least a suspicion that the passage of the law violated elements of federalism and civil liberties. Therefore why would provisions, then, of the law not also intended to achieve the same intent.
This writing shall deal with provisions of the law as it was enacted and not waivers and changes that
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