“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding this issue. Its purpose was intended to make health care available and affordable for all Americans. It is creating more problems than it is fixing. Healthcare workers are retiring early and closing private practices because they can’t afford to stay open when more than half of their patients are on Medicaid and paying $4. for an office visit. One Hospitalist at Frederick Memorial Hospital has $300,000. In student loans to pay and that does NOT include her undergrad education
The ACA required all insurance to be comprehensive and more standardized — including covering mental health care and prescription drugs — and available to all, even those with existing health conditions, at affordable prices.
That required healthy people who were enrolled in basic plans to buy broader coverage that likely would cost more, at least for those who don’t qualify for subsidies. The requirement for broader coverage collided head-on with a promise Obama had frequently made: “If you like your plan, you can keep it.” Among other promises and demands stated in the Act, contraceptive drugs are among the list of preventive health services that all insurance plans must now cover without charging patients copays or deductibles.
The controversy over how the act has unfolded and is taking place affects our society culturally, socially, economically, and politically.
Socially the government is imposing federal control over private medical decisions.Culturally the Act was intended to allow ALL Americans adequate and affordable health care by making it easier to qualify for Medicaid and by offering reduced premiums on health insurance policies. Economically the poor people who this system is designed to help are too poor to even afford what is being offered and the coverage offered by the few plans that offer reduced premiums only offer basic- emergency type coverage. Economically, the private health insurance companies are being forced to change their plans in order to financially afford to charge marketplace premiums. Financially speaking, having health insurance should be an asset to every American but its now just an added expense which by law you are forced to purchase. Financially this Act is not only affecting consumers but insurance companies, and health care providers on ALL levels.
This should be of concern to EVERY American. Think about this- everyone has their “entitled” health coverage. Now there are LESS doctors, less facilities, less specialists, and less options to supply the greater demand. Hospitals are going bankrupt left and right all over the country. Obama’s plan doesn’t address or acknowledge any part of that problem. Instead, in 2010 a law was passed which fined hospitals for discharging and re-admitting people within a specific amount of time.
The Government has a fiscal obligation to go with the lowest bid when it comes to contracts. You get what you pay for in most cases. For example, the first website established when the marketplace officially opened. GLITCHES AND HITCHES! If they can’t get a website to work properly do you trust the government to make decisions concerning your health care or coverage? Politically, the opposing GOP has only one issue in which to fight against the entire Act. Making contraceptive free of copays or deductibles, which they state, goes against their religious beliefs.