The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

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The introduction of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 has been the best perspective to allocate resources to improve access, cost, and quality of care to all Americans in recent years. It is has allowed the expansion of Medicaid, which in turn provides coverage to millions of low-income Americans, it extended family coverage for children to twenty-six years old, and ultimately, more than seventeen million Americans have gained health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Quite impressive, yet it is not as appealing as it seems; for the government implemented a plan attempting to create universal healthcare within the private sector. This, in course, made few rates fall while many others rose. An online article…show more content…
A negative discourse follows socialized medicine, due much to the distaste the American society has for socialism. The term was deemed un-American when a public relations firm working close with American Medical Association, publically ridiculed it during the Cold War in 1947, labelling it a symbol for Communism, and anyone who associated themselves with it was indeed a Communist. (Chicago-Mag) Since then the term socialized medicine puts a bad taste in one’s mouth, yet it is simply put as, “A government-regulated system for providing health care for all by means of subsidies derived from taxation.” (American Heritage) It is not something to be feared, nor overlooked. Bernie Sanders is a strong advocate for socialized medicine proclaiming, “The only long-term solution to America’s health care crisis is a single-payer national health care program.” ( Even Donald Trump gives high esteem to such a program in his position paper, The America We Deserve, claiming we must have universal health care. It is important to note, there is the absence of the word socialized or socialism when these Presidential candidates promote their opinion on health care, yet it is one in the same. This position paper’s intent is to make the reader fearless of the word, more understanding of the term, and an insight on how socialized medicine can have a positive impact on the American way of life.
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