Weighing in on the Affordable Care Act

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Thesis: Like the American government (Democrats vs. Republicans), I am on the fence with what I feel for the Affordable Care Act. I realize there are just as many positive benefits to the new law as there are weaknesses, and although there are negative sides; I feel the help American citizens can receive from the new plan far outweighs the negative effects of the plan.

1. Strengths to “Obamacare”
a. Mandates for all Americans to acquire health insurance. i. Penalty taxes for those who do not cooperate
ii. Subsidies to help poorer Americans acquire insurance iii. Insurance companies will lower costs due to an expansion in the competitiveness of the market b. Millions of Americans will now receive the care they need. iv. Children up to 26 covered by parents

v. Chronically ill/disabled American will not be turned away by insurance companies vi. Medicare/Medicaid opening to higher rates of poor, uninsured Americans c. Many American jobs will be created, helping with poverty levels and unemployment rates vii. Small businesses now receiving help for insurance costs will hire more people viii. Medical field will be overwhelmed with new patients, causing a need for more health care employees. d. The new plan will not only save Americans money, it will save America money. ix. Drug fees for the sick of America will go down

x. Small business bailouts will create a decrease in the economic struggle xi. American deficit will see a major decrease in debt 2. Weaknesses in “Obamacare”
e. Obama and the government has many stats wrong on how much the new program will help the deficit or the American people xii. Medicare/Medicaid participants will rise, leading to more federal aid for costs xiii. America will be paying higher taxes for the improved health care f. The Federal Government takes more control of citizens and state health care xiv. Creates a debate on whether this is unconstitutional

3. My Stance and conclusion
g. Stance is pro-“Obamacare”
xv. Deficit just might go down
xvi. Paid health care for more people
xvii. Easier access to insurance
xviii. More jobs for Americans, especially those going into the medical field 4. Conclusion: I realize there are many negative effects to the new law like higher taxes and a larger federal deficit, but I feel that the benefits Americans can get from having more jobs and a better health care system far outweigh those negative aspects.

Changes from first paper:
Addition of the out-line and small change to the negative aspect of “Obamacare” being seen as unconstitutional.

Weighing In On The Affordable Care Act
The debate over health insurance and whether or not health care reform is necessary has been going on for years. Those that are against health care reform believe a change in health care will cost too much and that the government has no place interfering with health care. Those who are “pro” health care reform recognize the declining state of health care in America and the overall need for a new health program. Like the American government (Democrats vs. Republicans), I am on the fence with what I feel for the Affordable Care Act. I realize there are just as many positive benefits to the new law as there are weaknesses, and although there are negative sides; I feel the help American citizens can receive from the new plan far outweighs the negative effects of the plan. Strengths To “Obamacare”

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Health Care Reform. This new change to health care promises to accomplish many things for the American people, but I think there are four primary goals that stand out above the others; mandates for all Americans to acquire health insurance, millions of...
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