Jones International University
America’s Political Conflict Over Obamacare
Prof. Julia Maypole
Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for
Peace and Conflict Studies
John W. Odom, III
Affordable Care Act (A.C.A.)
The conflict about the Affordable Care Act (or ObamaCare as it commonly called) has been one of the most controversial subjects in our country since the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2007. Ironically, the majority on both sides of the political aisle are in agreement that a law was needed to deal with the more than 32 million citizens in our country who don’t have healthcare. The conflict began with the debate on how to achieve it. This conflict is the focus of my paper.
America’s Political Conflict Over ObamaCare
Initially there was no conflict, because the A.C.A. (Affordable Care Act) was a Republican party idea. For years, both parties have wrestled with universal healthcare. During the Clinton Administration, from it’s first days President Clinton began working to expand access to affordable, quality health care for all Americans.
In 1992, there were no Federal protections to ensure the portability of health benefits for workers in between jobs or to prevent discrimination based on health status. President Clinton and Vice President Gore took on these new challenges and enacted critical reforms to the insurance market that has helped millions of Americans keep their health insurance.
The problem with ObamaCare
I believe the A.C.A. (Affordable Care Act) or Obamacare as it is referred to by Republicans, has political party ideals that promote conflict. The first is “Clash of Interest”. Doctors and hospitals will be moved to a system where they are rewarded for providing quality care, instead of being rewarded for quantity. Many of the provisions to enforce this punishment resulted in high turnover rates, which has had some unintended consequences. Some doctors and health care institutions are getting hit hard from this, although the overall reform will create a better health care system for all Americans. Let’s look at some of the positives with the law.
Some of the positives of the law are that millions of Americans now have access to preventive and wellness services with no out of pocket costs. In addition, ObamaCare gives Americans access to hundreds of new health care benefits. There are too many to count, and would make for a very extensive list. However, these benefits include: No annual or lifetime limits, children can stay on their parents plans to 26, FDA can approve more generic drugs driving prices down and breaking monopolies and protections against discrimination for gender, disabilities and domestic abuse (Kusler, 2013).
Moving From Act To Law
During the debate of ideas to construct healthcare reform in February of 2010. President Barack Obama convened a healthcare summit from both sides of the political spectrum. This was done so that the entire country could witness the opportunity for an exchange of ideas. However, the congressional conservatives who attended displayed very little interest in finding a peaceful resolution to the healthcare conflict.
On March 23, 2010, President Obama’s transformative approach culminated in the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. Then on June 28, 2012 Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts made the final ruling on ObamaCare. The basic idea of the ruling was that ObamaCare was declared a tax and not a mandate and was therefore declared constitutional (Roberts, 2012). Due to ruling, the republicans are currently taking a more “problem solving approach to the healthcare conflict....
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