The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

809 WordsApr 18, 20174 Pages
In 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). With this act in place, president Obama promised that he would make quality, affordable health care not a privilege, but a right. Before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law, “over 30 million Americans were currently without health care coverage for themselves and their families.” Said Toni Scherling, a nurse practitioner at the North Memorial Hospital in Maple Grove Minnesota. Imagine how your life would be like if you were one of million Americans that needs medical coverage, but could not afford it. Having health care coverage is important for several reasons. Not having health care coverage can have serious health…show more content…
According to the RAND report, 16 percent of the United States population were suffering from being without a universal health care plan like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The RAND Corporation Health Coverage also stated that most of the population that were suffering from being without a universal health care plan consists of people who are relatively poor and almost one third of them are between the ages of eighteen and thirty-four. What we need as a nation is a coverage for all under one large plan. A universal health care system like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would surely address this problem. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a health care reform that improves access to affordable health coverage for everyone and protect consumers from abusive insurance company practices. Toni Scherling, a nurse practitioner I’ve interviewed informed me that in the past, insurance companies would take advantage of their clients: “They could deny coverage to children who had asthma or were born with a heart defect and could put a lifetime cap on the amount of care they would pay for. (Nurse Scherling)” The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not only doing what it was intended to do, increasing access to quality health care, the act has surpassed expectations. Studies show that the ACA is significantly reducing the number of uninsured people across
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