Health Care Debate First Draft

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Therese Nkeng Health care Debate First Draft 11/07/14 I picked up the phone to schedule myself a doctor’s appointment, just as I had many times previously. Good health care comes with an ease of execution. I could schedule appointments with specialist at any moment. But, this time, I was met with a big hurdle: Obamacare. Like many, Obamacare was only what I saw on the news. It had no effect on my life because my family had great private health insurance. I saw Obamacare as only affecting the middle to lower class citizens who had shoddy or nonexistent health care. With the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), the US health care system has forever been changed. My parents now pay an…show more content…
The enactment of the PPACA has changed the dynamics of health care throughout the world, not just in the US. Even though this policy only directly affects Americans, other countries use and compare their system to ours. Many times the US is compared to Canada and its health system. The differences between our two system didn 't start until 1971 (White). The US continued relying on mostly privatized health care with the exception of Medicaid and Medicare, while Canada enacted a more universal government subsidized system (White). The first implementation of a government backed health insurance was the passing of Medicaid and Medicare in 1965 (A Brief History: Universal Health Care Efforts in the US). The implementation came after many years of debate and opposition. Many US presidents tried and failed to achieve a universal health care system, while other developing first world nations had a very progressive system already in place. With the help of highly financed opposition, it took almost 165 years before the Social Security Amendments of 1965 were signed into law. Today, the US faces a striking dilemma when it comes to health care. With the enactment of the PPACA, our health care system is still dilapidated and structurally unsound. Both sides of the argument agree that we have a health care problem. As many more Americans are retiring, we cannot afford to ignore the
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