The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a highly controversial act of the United States government commonly referred to as ObamaCare. Designed to “ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care,” (Patient Protection) this bill has received a large amount of opposition for a variety of reasons, but it is also widely supported, therefore garnering it attention from interest groups. Many interest groups, including religious organizations, attempt to change laws and legislation in American politics in order to advance their religious beliefs. The Catholic Bishops and the National Organization of Evangelicals are no exceptions to this. They attempt to advance their positions through a variety of means within the United States’ pluralist system, and both have very motivated opinions on the Patient Prevention and Affordable Care Act. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops readily supports the development of health care, including the Affordable Care Act and its expansion on Medicaid. Their belief is that, “health care is a basic right flowing from the sanctity and dignity of human life,” showing the true religious motivation for this support, and the potential support for other similar quality-of-life programs. Not only do they support expansion of health care coverage but they advocate that “coverage should be truly universal” (Saile, 2013). The Catholic Bishops also specifically support improvements to mental health care, claiming
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