Antonia Njoku Miller Practicum 2 10/1/12 The Reality of Obamacare The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Along with the Health Care and Education Act, it was seen as the largest change to the American healthcare system since the introduction of Medicaid in 1965. The Act is important because it is primarily structured at lowering the amount of uninsured Americans and decreasing the costs of healthcare. Some key features include strengthening Medicaid for people of 65 years and older. If a person already has insurance they are able to get the maximum consumer protections out of their plan. The Act forces all insurance companies to give the same amount of coverage to all people regardless of gender or any premeditated conditions. This bill benefits the middle class, people who are unable to afford insurance, or people who do not have healthcare. Due to the increasingly large amount of people lacking some sort of insurance, the presidency began to create a plan to create universal healthcare for all American citizens. Many people consider this bill to be unconstitutional. They consider it to be seen as a government takeover for healthcare. Many people see it as the government forcing everyone to pay for healthcare of all of the citizens of America. 32 million Americans did not have insurance, but a much larger part of that populace will be able to have some sort of healthcare. Patients with preexisting conditions will not be denied coverage and people who become sick will not be dropped by their insurance companies. For many college students, they will be able to stay on their parentsâ€™ plan until they turn 26. The amount of bankruptcies caused by healthcare related issues will be severely dropped. People who have been admitted into hospitals will no longer have to pay exorbitant fees for the simplest of things. By 2019, approximately 4.8 million senior citizens will be forced out of Medicare. Over $528 billion will be cut from Medicare. Taxes will continue to increase. I believe in this bill. I appreciate the provisions that are located inside the bill. I think this bill will benefit the American people even if they do not believe it now. For many people who are in college or are going to college, it will be difficult to find some sort of insurance if you are struggling to pay for school and insurance. If a person has to pay outlandish fees by himself with only the salary of a college student they will be in debt for a long period of time. The United States of America is divided over this subject and leans more toward negativity towards this bill. Polls have indicated that a majority of the country did not support the
bill. 56% of the country did not believe in passing the bill. 82% of the country believed in banning insurance countries from discriminating against patients with preexisting conditions. 61% of the country favored having children under their parentsâ€™ plan until 26. 61% of the country opposed requiring all U.S citizens to own health insurance. Republicans and the Tea Party were the most critical against the passing of the bill. They took to petitioning at every sort of political function possible and took to death threats against the people that passed the bill. The Tea Partyâ€™s mission is to destroy this bill and everyone associated with it. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a controversial bill. Some people are for the bill and the same amount of people are against the bill. It is seen as the most controversial supreme court ruling in a couple of decades. The uninsured and people with preexisting conditions benefited greatly from this bill while the upper class will continue to attempt to have this bill eliminated.