The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

2770 Words Dec 7th, 2014 12 Pages
“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 49.9% of all health care in America (McCaughey 57). It will no longer be an option to society, but a requirement. This has not been the first attempt at health care reform; there have been many dating as far back as WW II. President Harry S. Truman attempted to pass a health insurance bill, along with JFK, and even Richard Nixon, who stated to Congress in 1971:
“One of the most cherished goals of our democracy is to assure every American an equal opportunity to lead a full and productive life” (qtd. In Obamacare for Beginners 5).
Obamacare promises to regulate health care costs and charges, and place new restrictions on insurance protocol. Insurers are now required to provide preventative care free of charge with hopes of healthier…
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