In 2006, an estimated fifty million people lacked medical insurance in the United States of America (Pibel). Uninsured Americans were charged significantly more for basic services and died when medical care could have saved them. Unfortunately, it’s not only the uninsured who suffer in this desperate situation. Of the more than one million, five-hundred thousand bankruptcies filed in the United States before President Barack Obama’s administration, about half were a result of medical bills; of those, three-quarters of filers actually had health insurance (Pibel 1). On March 23 of 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law. Also known as “Obamacare,” this law primarily functions to decrease the number of uninsured Americans and reduce the overall costs of health care. Though much debated over, this act has reformed the American health care system with great adequacy for men, women, and children alike. A nationalized health care system is significant to the well being of American citizens.
Every American citizen will be required to have health insurance by 2014 because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Currently, the uninsured live with the knowledge that they may not be able to afford to pay for their family’s medical care. This can cause a great deal of anxiety and lead them to delay or forgo potentially life-saving treatment (“Five Facts About the Uninsured Population” 2). When this portion of the act takes it’s course, citizens who cannot receive health care from an employer will be able to purchase it from a state-based health insurance exchange and possibly qualify for subsidy; they may also be eligible under expanded Medicare guidelines. Though this factor of Obamacare is significantly controversial, it is the American government’s responsibility to look out for the well being of its’ citizens; to do so, taxpayers must share the responsibility of helping to finance health care for all. Receiving medical treatment is a...
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