Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Affordable Care Act

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Strengths and Weaknesses of the Affordable Care Act What is the Affordable Care Act? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23rd, 2010 by President Barack Obama. This radical health care law was a much-needed step in comprehensive health insurance reform. Three important features of the Affordable Care Act are 1. Improving quality and lowering health care costs 2. New consumer protections and 3. Increased access to healthcare. (Key Features. 2014). Under the umbrella of these three key features additional benefits include free preventive care, drug discounts for senior citizens, increased protection against health care fraud, small business tax credits, increased access to health care through the health insurance marketplace, consumer assistance, and non-discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. Expansions of Health Care Under the Affordable Care Act The ACA has several important expanded coverage features. Most notably, the new law keeps young adults, 26 years of age and younger, on their parent’s health insurance plan. This particular aspect of the reform allowed up to 3 million young adults to remain covered on their parent’s plan which mean 3 million more people had access to primary care, urgent care, and medication. This was a huge increase from 2010 in which 30% of young Americans between the ages of 19 and 29 had no health insurance coverage. (ObamaCare Young Adults. 2010). Additional features of increased coverage under the ACA was the
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