Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

1591 Words Jul 23rd, 2015 7 Pages
H.R. 3590 (111th): Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

When president Obama was a candidate in the 2008 election he promised wide scale health care reform that would increase the availability and affordability of medical insurance for a large portion of the American population. At the time of his campaign, millions of low-income Americans were stuck in the Medicaid gap – where they could not afford health insurance, but also were not eligible for the joint state and federal government Medicaid program. This promise eventually became the bill later named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that was passed by the senate on December 24, 2010. The bill’s policy seeks to expand health care coverage to low-income families through government provided health insurance and subsidies, as well as increase leniency on state qualifications for Medicaid. Attached to the bill is also a shared responsibility clause that makes uninsured Americans responsible for a tax if they are not insured. Since it left the senate floor the bill has continued to be under heavy public scrutiny and was even challenged in the Supreme Court in the summer of 2012. This bill while being important in the public eye was mostly successful as a result of behind the scenes work of Democratic Party leaders.

Millions of low income Americans under the age of sixty-five live without health insurance each year. In 2009, before the Affordable Care Act, a decent portion of the country’s population…
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