Paper # 4
Healthcare reform has been the topic of countless debates for many years. In America today, the condition healthcare is in has definitely caught citizens attention, but is not the ‘change’ most were hoping for. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), formally known as Obama Care, signed into law on March 23, 2010 by President Obama himself. Its purpose is to provide affordable health insurance to all Americans but primarily to low and middle-class citizens as well as to cut health care cost. Lately the act has done the complete opposite costing citizens more than promised. In order for the ACA to be as effective as it should, healthcare should be reformed because of the cost, the need of improvement in the quality of care, and low coverage due to affordability. When it comes to our healthcare system, most can agree that it is very difficult to obtain because of the price. It seems as though the cost of healthcare is more expensive with the ACA rather than with most Americans current health insurance. According to statistics, the cost of healthcare under the ACA has skyrocket to 7.3% in the past decade. For a family of four, the average cost of healthcare has just nearly doubled. With a high bill to pay for the insurance itself. Those who are insured by the ACA are paying for quantity of care and not for the quality of it. Recently there has been a shortage in doctors and nurses in hospital facilities across the country. Not having enough healthcare providers leave unattended to patients. When these patients are seen, for instance, they are not taken care properly as they should because that doctor may be in a hurry to move to the next patient. As a result this patient might have been miss diagnosed or not diagnosed at all even though there is indeed something wrong with them. Not only will patients not be seen with the right intensions but they will have longer waiting times. Usually in a hospital, doctor’s office, or clinic there is a waiting...
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