Evaluation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010

1560 Words Sep 8th, 2012 7 Pages
The foundation during the Barack Obama’s campaign for the presidency was the health care reform of the U.S. health care system. It was not until a month later into his presidency in the year 2009 that President Obama addressed the issue of the high rising cost of health care and the millions of people in the United States being uninsured. It was not until March 23th 2010, after much debate that President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the U.S. health care reform legislation. The primary objective of the PPACA act is to “provide quality affordable health care for Americans” (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid). Furthermore, the PPACA has the potential to “improve the role of public programs, improve …show more content…
If this bill becomes a law Americans will have to obtain health insurance since there is a clause in the bill that would mandate them to do so. The consequences of not obtaining health insurance and violating the clause could result in penalties, fines, and even jail time. But some states are using Police Power as a weapon stating that “States wield what is called police power: the authority to make laws for the health, safety and morality of their people. The federal government, on the other hand, has limited jurisdiction. If the Constitution does not grant a specific power to the federal government, then the 10th Amendment reserves it to the states or the people (Klukowski, Ken).” The government is in no position to make an individual purchase a service. If we compare the PPACA with car insurance, which is required, there is a big argument as to why the government is mandating health insurance. In the case of car insurance, by the act of driving you have other people lives in your hands in the sense that if you get in an accident someone could result dead. Car insurance requirement makes sense because you are and other are covered in case of an accident. Then it get even more justifiable to mandate car insurance because an individual may chose to drive while under the influence an hurt someone, then it makes a lot of sense that people should not be out there driving without protection. But even in the case of auto
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