The Legality, Morality, and Social Responsibility of the Affordable Care Act and Florida Blue.

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The Legality, Morality, and Social Responsibility of the
Affordable Care Act and Florida Blue.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23rd, 2010. The Act is a daring attempt by President Barack Obama to reform the healthcare system in the United States. The new healthcare reform act is historical because of its scope and size. Opponents to the healthcare act state it is an attempt to increase the size and power of the federal government and it is one of "the largest tax increase in the history of the world,” despite it being almost equally in size to President Clinton 1993 tax increase (“‘Obamacare’ isn’t the largest”, 2012). There is an abundance of questions surrounding the
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But, as a matter of legal precedent and technical legislating, such a determination is monumentally important in terms of how future cases of congressional power will be decided, as well as how bills are crafted for consideration. The Chief Justice’s opinion recognized the long-standing history of Congress attaching conditions upon states in exchange for receiving federal funding under Congress’ Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 spending power.17 The legitimacy of this power “...rests on whether the State voluntarily and knowingly accepts the terms of the contract,” since the “Constitution has never been understood to confer upon Congress the ability to require States to govern according to Congress’s instructions.”18 When “pressure turns into compulsion, the legislation runs contrary to our system of federalism,” (Teller, 2012).
Florida Blue, the largest health insurer in the state of Florida, had to reinstate 300,000 policies in order to meet the new Affordable Healthcare Act requirements. Florida Blue is attempting to offset many of these costly new healthcare requirements, which now include things such as maternity/newborn care, mental health services, substance abuse services, and emergency services. These services will now be covered by individual and small market plans. Under this new law anyone the government determines can afford healthcare, and does not purchase it by 2014, may have to pay a fine. This fee will be referred to as an individual responsibility

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