Our Health Care Reform

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On March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Along with the Health Care and Reconciliation Act that was signed a week later these two bills became known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Tacchino, 2012). This act has had a massive effect on almost everyone in the healthcare industry. The cost associated with reimbursement from Medicaid, medical coverage for individuals, and nursing practices has made many changes in the way healthcare is delivered. With these transformations there will be an impact on the future of nursing over the next 10 years and more.
Forces Driving Health Care Reform:
Legislative, Consumer, and Ethical Forces and New Models of Care President Theodore Roosevelt first proposed reforming healthcare in 1912, with an effort to start universal healthcare. This effort was again proposed by President Truman in 1949 in his State of the Union message. Once again the effort was dismissed by the American Medical Association, fearing a loss in physician revenue (Cleary & Wilmoth, 2011). In 2010, President Obama signed the ACA bill which has been under fire since its proposal. The ACA is supposed to expand the benefits of healthcare to more than 32 million Americans with the requirement of all individuals to have some kind of health insurance by 2014. These ideas had been circulating legislation for many years and Congress was just waiting for the right type of legislative to pass the bill. Most democrats have pushed
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