Essay on Health Care Act ( Aca )

2466 Words Apr 30th, 2016 10 Pages
Whether in the family kitchen, living room or local coffee shop, people can be overheard discussing one of the most important topics of the day: health care. Health care impacts each one of us directly or indirectly. Health care has been a topic of conversation since WWII. Initially, health care was a privilege and not a right. There was a cost for this privilege and it came in the form of a premium or monthly payment. Today, we can thank the Affordable Care Act (ACA), for what was once a privilege is now a basic human right for all people. The ACA is paving the way for health care coverage regardless of race, creed, color, age or economic background. The ACA offers a new perspective on how we live, who should benefit, and in what ways.
The business of health care begins with the patient. Lonnie is a patient in the Kaiser Permanente system. Lonnie is a sixty-eight year old male and is now retired. He, as the patient, is responsible for premiums, co-pays and out-of-pocket costs. Lonnie is not your typical patient in that he has a pre-existing illness. He was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes at forty-eight years of age and is a kidney transplant recipient. He is adequately insured and has retained his doctors throughout his illness. As Bruce Landon explains, “In a well-functioning health care system, primary care physicians are the point of access, and are responsible for the care coordination and management, have perspective on the whole patient, and have…

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