Obamacare And Affordable Care Act ( Ppaca )

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Throughout American history, no individual healthcare reform bill had the potential to influence health care on a national level and affect all social groups until President Barack Obama’s 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This landmark legislation, commonly known as Obamacare, has been debated, contested, altered, and ultimately implemented. Accordingly, different political and social groups have developed preconceived notions based on individual political biases and self-interests on the effect of the PPACA’s policies on, among other things, the quality of medical care. Prior to understanding the PPACA and determining its effects on health care quality, it is important to comprehend its origins and the causes of this vast change in policy. The idea of a national healthcare system, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, was proposed as early as 1912, but lawmakers were unsuccessful until the 1960’s when Lyndon Johnson amended the Social Security Act to encompass both Medicare and Medicaid. This was the first health care reform allocating federal funding and establishing federal control over health care for primarily senior citizens and low-income families. George W. Bush made the next reform that expanded the scope of Medicare coverage in 2003 when he passed the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA). In the years following the MMA’s passage, private health insurance companies began to take advantage over clients,

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