Understanding of the Affordable Care Act

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When attempting to determine the benefits and the negatives associated with national health care in the United States, one inevitably must discern the projected impact of the Affordable Care Act. This act was signed into being by the current president in 2010, and triumphed in a Supreme Court Decision in 2012 in which its legality was upheld as constitutional (No author). The chief aims of this particular piece of legislation are to increase accessibility to health care for Americans, primarily by lowering costs associated with it. It will fully take effect in 2014, by which time citizens will have a variety of options of obtaining health care either through a state subsidy, through Medicaid, or through one's employer or a private plan. Those who do not have health care by this point will be assessed a fine; certain employers who do not offer health care may also be assessed a fine. A thorough analysis of the boons and the detriments of this form of national health care reveals that it is beneficial to the country as a whole. One of the most tangible benefits of the Affordable Care Act is that costs associated with procuring healthcare should significantly decrease. This projection is largely due to the act's ramifications throughout the health care insurance industry. Currently, insurance companies substantially increase the rates for health insurance for patients who have previously existing medical conditions. Under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act, this practice
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