March 30, 2015
Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act was signed into law to reform the health care industry by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010 and was upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012. This act is also known as Obamacare. When the act was passed it started a huge debate in America. Some believe Obamacare is great for this country, but some believe this is a violation of the Constitution and dislike the actions made by this act. Whether you are a Republican or Democrat, both sides can see the positives and negatives of the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is an unconstitutional act being forced on our country. The negatives greatly out weight the positives and we should not be forced to live under this plan.
Obamacare’s goal is to give more Americans access to affordable, quality health insurance, and to reduce the growth in health care spending in the U.S. This is the opposite of what is actually happening. Many people who pay for their own health insurance were shocked when they opened their health care bills; they found their policies were being replaced with pricier plans conforming to all the requirements of the new health care law. A family of four in Jamison-2
Portola Valley will pay almost ten thousand dollars for their insurance. The goal of this act was to make insurance affordable for everyone, but this evidence shows that it actually increases the cost for some.
Barrack Obama made promises along with the passing of this Act. His most famous broken promise was when he said, "First of all, if you've got health insurance, you like your doctor, you like your plan - you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you." In New Jersey alone, 800,000 Americans have lost their health care plans because they don’t meet the minimum standards. The act is taking away what people already have. Over 4.2 million people have lost their health care plans or were informed that they would have to pay more money to keep their plan (Williams.)
Some would argue Obamacare is good because it makes businesses provide insurance to their employers. While this is a good argument, what about the businesses just barely making it? There are small businesses that cannot afford to provide this (Ashtari.) People have worked hard to get their businesses running and if they do not want to provide healthcare that is their choice, not the governments. When people apply to a job they know when healthcare will and will not be provided it is their choice to continue to apply for the job. If these businesses are providing insurance they have to pay more to get this coverage. If they are paying more they are not going to be able to afford to keep all of their employees. This will create the result of people losing their jobs or their hours of employment.
Although it was ruled constitutional, there is a strong belief this act violates out American rights. The government is taking too much control on what we can and cannot do. We should have the right to decide if we want to pay for healthcare or not. We have the right as Americans to make this choice. If we want to live out the liberties granted to us by our founders, we should reserve our right to purchase healthcare in the free market, allowing opportunities for those to purchase at affordable rates, not by allowing healthcare controlled by bureaucrats.
The Affordable Care Act helps to make it easier to receive Medicare, which is a good thing, but where does that money come from? They get the money to provide these things through our taxes. ("Pros and Cons of ObamaCare"). It comes from the state and federal taxes. If you decide you do not want to receive healthcare, you will be charged. You will be charged a fee and a tax if you chose to stand up for your rights and not enroll.
The Affordable Care Act focuses more on providing better...
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