The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

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“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama, has been called the most important piece of health related legislation in U.S. history” (Tate 1). Introduced by the Obama administration, and signed into law March 23, 2010, “Obamacare,” now the common nickname dubbed by society, has promised to change the nation’s health care system entirely. While guaranteed to reduce health care costs, add more consumer benefits and protections, and to provide prevention and wellness programs, these benefits do not come without a dramatic impact to our society. Obamacare is a national health insurance system ensuring that health care is made affordable to all Americans and once fully implemented will pay for…show more content…
Insurers are also now prohibited from denying coverage due to any pre-existing conditions, a relief of many. But the 2,572 page bill is not found without its complexities. The rollout of Obamacare has already begun, and as time passes it will “fundamentally restructure the delivery of healthcare in our nation” (Tate 3). Yet the question still remains, will we benefit from health care reform, or will society financially suffer? Many believe Obamacare is not the answer, including Scott W. Atlas, MD:
The reality, from analysis of facts, is that American health care is superior. This inescapable conclusion derives from actual data, not opinion. The world’s leading journals are filled with studies demonstrating the superiority of American medical care to care found in other countries with systems more heavily controlled by government bodies. These studies verify better survival from serious diseases like cancer, better access to treatment for the most prevalent chronic diseases, wider access to preventative care and cancer screening, broader availability of the newest life changing medical technology, wider access to innovative, lifesaving cures and safer, less invasive treatments, more rapid access to highly trained specialists, and ultimately far better access to the world’s leading doctors and medical scientists who themselves are the source of the world’s leading innovations by any metric
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