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The Benefits Of The Affordable Health Care Act

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In March 2010, the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama; among the most commendable benefits of the ACA is universal coverage. This act made it possible for people of classes and racial descent in the United States to access health care insurance, regardless of their pre-existing conditions and gender. ACA prevented insurers from denying insurance coverage as a result of any pre-existing conditions, meaning that no one would be excessively charged for health care, left without coverage or, denied treatment due to their health status or condition. This health reform meant a tremendous increase in health insurance coverage for the uninsured, and implemented reforms to the health insurance market…show more content…
Ethnic and racial disparities in the health system will expand if the new policy reform takes place. Blacks and Hispanics in the United States will suffer most if they are denied services because of their health status. Under the current Affordable Care Act that was signed in 2010, insurers did not have the power to reject or deny coverage to anyone based on their health status but the new reform represents a violation of human rights where equality to access health insurance is threatened. Under Article 15 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to medical care and the right to security in the case of sickness “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control” (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948). In enacting the repeal of ACA and denying coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, the United States is standing against its promises and commitment from its international treaty obligations to end racial discrimination in health care access. In addition, the U.S has accepted its obligations to stop discrimination in the health system by its agreements with the international
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