Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is a hot topic in today’s political atmosphere. Advocacy and Opposition both run rampant throughout the country. The goal of the act was to fix the health care concern.
The Catholic Church (as an entity, not as members of the Catholic Church) has pledged their support for the act. It believes that everyone is entitled to the same benefits regardless of whether or not they can afford it and that it is the government’s job to provide those benefits. The Catholic Church also supports the act because it is said to benefit not only its recipients but also hospitals. Since The Church runs many hospitals throughout the country, it is smart for them to advocate something that is said to be good for them. (Angrosino 313)
The American Medical Association has also stated its advocacy for Obamacare. They released a statement saying that it will “spur innovation, simplify administration, and expand coverage.” The act planned to stop the denial of coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions, get rid of lifetime caps, and allow people twenty six and younger to stay on their parents insurance. (Obel) The American Medical Association represents doctors everywhere.
For every advocate, there is an opposition just as active and outspoken. Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader, has clearly stated his position on Obamacare. He is quoted as saying that “Obama failed to keep his promise to constituents of allowing those who like their health care to keep it.” (Kumar) The day the act was passed he said the House of Representatives would work to repeal it. He speaks for many party line republicans and most of the House Republicans when he states his opposition for the act.
The group Crusaders for Life works in conjunction with party line Republicans and Eric Cantor with their opposition of Obamacare. Crusaders for Life is an anti-abortion rights group that says the Affordable...
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