The Affordable Care Act Of America

1577 Words Nov 24th, 2014 7 Pages
The Affordable Care Act is something that many Americans are extremely opinionated yet highly uneducated on. As future healthcare professionals it is extremely important to understand the legislature that affects us all as well as the patients that we serve. The Affordable Care Act is one of the most recent attempts to reform the healthcare industry by providing more affordable, high quality health insurance to Americans. The Affordable Care Acts aims to reduce premium and out-of-pocket costs for tens of millions of families and small business owners who had not had access to coverage in the past. This helps over 32 million Americans afford health care who could not get it before – and makes coverage more affordable for many more. Under this plan, 95% of Americans will be insured. In 2013 over 15% of Americans were without insurance. This paper will further discuss the background of the need for this Act as well as how this will affect the lives of present and future healthcare professionals.

The campaign towards a form of government health insurance was first spearheaded by the American Association for Labor Legislation (AALL) in the early 1900s. This group was comprised of over 3,000 individuals from various occupational fields and interest groups who sought to change the social welfare practices of the time. The AALL first began to push for the creation of state laws requiring employers to insure their employees against accidents that occur at work, or workers’…

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