The Affordable Care Act

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The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was put into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The focus of the Act is a health care law geared towards improving the health care system of the United States by broadening medical coverage to more Americans, as well as protecting the existing health insurance policy holders.

The Obama Administration, states that those people that already have health insurance will benefit from the legislation in many different ways. One particular way is that, insurance companies will no longer be able to cancel a person’s coverage if gets get sick, out-of-pocket costs will be covered for proven
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One class of American citizens view on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is doctors, and it is very negative. Third-party payment plans already hinder the independence and integrity of the medical field. This act now will reinforce the worst of these features. Physicians will fall prey to more government regulation and oversight, and will now be increasingly dependent on a not to reliable government reimbursement for their services. A doctors job will only be become more difficult.

Under this new law, it is roughly estimated 18 million of the 34 million who would gain medical coverage over the next 10 years would be enrolled in Medicaid.

The Issue is that physician payments in Medicare and Medicaid, are already well below the prevailing rates in the private sector. On the average, physicians who take Medicare are paid 81 percent of private payment. Doctors who take Medicaid are paid 56 percent of private payment. This type of payment plan (Obamacare) has resulted in access problems for Medicare patients, and the even lower Medicaid payments have already caused serious access problems for lower-income people and made hospital emergency room overcrowded. During recent research study on the The Affordable Care Act they found that 67 percent of primary care physicians said that under current laws and conditions new Medicaid enrollees will not be able to find “suitable primary care

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