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BUL6810: The Legal Environment of Business
The Affordable Care Act
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a health care reform law that was voted into enactment in March of 2010 (Summary of the Affordable Care Act, 2013). The ACA consists of many different parts of which come from the Affordable Health Care for America Act, the Patient Protection Act various parts of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act and the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (Affordable Care Act Summary, n.d.). The original goal of the ACA was to cut back on the amount of dollars that was being spent on health care while making an attempt to get the people back in control of their insurance needs (About the Law, n.d.). It has sections dedicated to emphasizing changes to benefits, the rights and protections of the people, new rules for insurance companies to follow, taxes and tax breaks for companies and individuals, ideas about government funding, spending and the creation of committees. There are even sections dedicated to education (Affordable Care Act Summary, n.d.).
The ACA is a complicated piece of legislation made up of many different provisions and regulations. Within this paper I will be discussing five of these provisions and three of the regulations that are either pending or existing. I will also be looking into two federal cases related to the constitutionality of the ACA - National Federation of Business v. Sebelius and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.
Five Provisions of the ACA The five provisions that will be discussed within this section are; Title I - Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Americans, Title III-Improving the Quality and Efficiency of Health Care, Title V – Health Care Workforce, Title VII – Improving Access to Innovative Medical Therapies and Title IX – Revenue Provisions. I choose these provisions because
References: 111th Congress. (2009-2010). H.R. 3590-Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act. Retrieved from https://www.congress.gov/bill/111th-congress/house-bill/3590?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22affodable+care+act+provisions%22%5D%7D About the Law CNN Library. (2014, September 2). 25 Deadliest Mass Shootings in U.S. History Fast Facts. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/16/us/20-deadliest-mass-shootings-in-u-s-history-fast-facts/ Health Reform Implementation Timeline McManamy, S. (2013, May 6). Wellness programs and health care reform: Where are we?. Retrieved from Http://healthfitness.com/blog/wellness-programs-and-health-care-reform-where-are-we/#sthash.hduzRT27.dpuf. Munos, B. (2013, April). We The People vs. The Pharmaceutical Industry, In Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmunos/2013/04/29/the-pharmaceutical-industry-vs-society/ National Federation of Independent Business et al Reuters. (2014, July). Medicare solvent until 2030, Social Security until 2033. Retrieved from http://www.cnbc.com/id/101860799#.