The Affordable Care Act

1473 WordsJul 12, 20156 Pages
According to Jayne O’Donnell, since January 2010, more than 40 rural community hospitals have closed their doors. In addition, O’Donnell points out that, The Affordable Care Act was designed to improve access to health care for all Americans and will give them another chance at getting health insurance during open enrollment starting this Saturday. But critics say the ACA is also accelerating the demise of rural outposts that cater too many of society 's most vulnerable. These hospitals treat some of the sickest and poorest patients — those least aware of how to stay healthy. Hospital officials contend that the law 's penalties for having to re-admit patients soon after they 're released are impossible to avoid and create a crushing burden. (O 'Donnell, 2014) According to the principles of justice, health care resources should be distributed according to need, which without that resource available their health will be jeopardized (Beauchamp, 2013). The Egalitarian would see this as an unfair distribution of hospital closures, leaving those less fortunate, unable to seek medical care in their community. To that end, hospitals are finding themselves at an enormous disadvantage, that the burden of the underinsured are not shared more fairly by the government insurance programs and private insurance companies alike. For this purpose, the ACA is hypothetically designed to alleviate some of the financial burden that hospitals are feeling by bring affordable health care exchanges

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