The Current Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act ( Ppaca )

2437 WordsDec 14, 201410 Pages
ABSRACT The healthcare system in the United States has been under fire for the last several years, with the primary focus on radical reform of the fragile healthcare system. Legislators, the American people and the media all have differing opinions on the direction of such a reform. The following is an investigative review of the current Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which is the latest attempt at reform and the most ambitious healthcare reform in the history of the United States. The core design of PPACA is to ultimately provide universal healthcare to the nation. The present review of literature addresses both the benefits/deficits, implementation and evaluation of the current and ever evolving healthcare initiative. Conclusions and policy recommendations will be discussed and outlined to conclude this review. INTRODUCTION History was made when the Obama Administration successfully passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in March 2010. PPACA is more commonly referred to as ObamaCare and used interchangeably. The PPACA is meant to “provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending and for other purposes” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014). In an attempt to effectively create a system, the PPACA had numerous obstacles to overcome in its efforts to provide millions of Americans with affordable healthcare. The final outcome of ObamaCare remains
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