Essay on Obamacare And Affordable Health Care

1113 Words Nov 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Marcia Clemmit said, “For the first time in history, the law establishes access to affordable health care as a national responsibility, with the great bulk of the dollars coming from taxpayers to fund the coverage expansion.” Since the 2012 elections, Obama has pushed for universal health care nationwide. President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called “Obamacare,” in March of 2010, and was designed to take effect January 1st, 2014. (Barr, 27) The way Obamacare works is that it carefully rations the services patients receive to reduce health costs. This reduction would be achieved by cutting “high cost, low-value treatments,” and establishing a series of performance measures that all providers will adopt.
It was a difficult task to get Obamacare into US law, because many Republicans opposed the idea and there was strong resistance among a significant number of Democrats. (Barr, 35) According to Obamacare: The Rest of the Story, “What Obamacare has wrought is the kind of market-driven reformation that Republicans pretend to believe in. Which makes you wonder how much of their opposition rests on the merits, and how much is just a loathing for anything associated with Barack Obama.” After a hard-fought battle, the law was victorious and Obama was was able to sign the bill to put the law into effect. Many of his supporters believed that this was his greatest achievement as President of the United States. Because, presidents before Obama…

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