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Healthcare Act : The Affordable Care Act

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March of 2010, President Obama signed the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act. It is the largest health care law change since 1965, when the Medicaid and Medicare programs were created via the Social Security Act. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act began in 2010, with most changes in full effect by 2014. (Barker, 2011, p. 10) Most of the details are difficult to understand. The following is a few highlighted items that the Affordable Care Act has promised for our society.
The Affordable Care Act includes changes to Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and creates many conflicts and benefits around how it will affect health care in the future. Clearly, all items within the medical reform are connected, so that a positive impact in one area may inversely affect another. The primary change is the extension of health care coverage to the uninsured, but it comes with a cost. Costs include penalties, taxes, reduced medical access, and lower reimbursement rates for physicians and hospitals. The Affordable Care Act is conceived with a good purpose; as a result, everyone will now have access to affordable health care, although, “affordable” is not yet well defined. Health care providers will be able to continue their vocation of providing good care for our society, but in some cases, changes to insurance may still have a poor outcome. Each State government individually administers their Medicaid program to fit the needs of the state. Medicaid is available
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