Obamacare: A Controversial Topic

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Officially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the bill is more commonly known as Obamacare. Obamacare is revolutionary in the sense that it marks one of the first times the American federal government has passed a law requiring its citizens to have healthcare coverage. Because of its provisions, and its seemingly strong federalist component, Obamacare has been highly controversial from both sides of the political spectrum.
Left-leaning liberals do not feel the bill goes far enough to provide genuine universal coverage, and that Obamacare relies too heavily on the marketplace for its policies. In fact, those who oppose Obamacare from the Left do not feel that the bill is federalist enough. As Keller (2012) puts it, "a significant portion of the unhappiness with Obamacare comes from liberals who believe it is not nearly federal enough: that the menu of insurance choices should have included a robust public option." Obamacare is therefore not federalist from the perspective that it does not allocate public funding for universal healthcare via a single payer option. Instead, Obamacare creates a program whereby citizens pay into the private marketplace for healthcare insurance. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act does, however, provide a federal mandate that all citizens be covered.
Right-leaning conservatives have formally attempted on…
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