Affordable Care Act Bradach Analysis

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When outlining the constitution, our forefathers maintained a stance that this nation would “promote the general Welfare” of its citizens (U.S. Const. art. I, §1). Protecting future generations’ health and happiness was worth fighting for, however, it is unlikely that these visionaries understood how this statement would take form in future capacities. The most recent, and perhaps significant, legislative movement pertinent to this topic is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a 2010 bill, which provided individuals with better opportunities to access health care. Over the course of six years, multiple strategies have been employed to increase insurance coverage, while also providing better economic stability to the health care system (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015, p.1). The following Bradach analysis will demonstrate
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Interestingly, by cross referencing the legislative clauses against current fiscal and population data values evidence of the core problems this initiative hoped to address can be identified. For instance, the first provision within the ACA requires all U.S citizens to have health insurance, but prior to 2010 44 million American did not maintain consistent coverage (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2016, p.1). Studies have shown that uninsured individuals are less likely to have a primary physician, therefore, relying typically on the emergency room for care (DeMichele, 2016a, p.1) . In addition, these individuals frequently do not practice preventative care, nor do they receive medical attention in a timely manner (DeMichele, 2016a, p.1) . These contributing factors have increased the likelihood of death in uninsured Americans by 40 percent, equating to as many as 45,000 deaths per year (Cecere, 2009,

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