Essay on The Affordable Care Act ( Aca )

1288 Words Nov 19th, 2016 6 Pages
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The Obama administration has been known for many things over the last eight years. One of the most prominent is Obamacare, arguably the most controversial piece of legislation in decades. President Obama made it his mission to create a major healthcare reform in his years as president and thus we saw the creation and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare. Many Americans still do not understand what this law actually does. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a law meant to reform the United States healthcare system and the insurance markets via regulations. According to an article written by Kevin Griffis, the Assistant Secretary for Public Health an expert in the legal aspects of public health in the US, the idea behind the ACA was to bring comparable, affordable, and accessible healthcare options to as many Americans as possible (Griffis, 1). The goal was to protect patients by limiting insurance companies from boundless price increases.
The main method Obamacare attempted to change the insurance market was by implementing federal and state exchanges. The online forums are a place where citizens can search and compare health insurance programs. This increases the competition in the market, restricts price and thus acts as a regulation on insurance companies.
Obamacare also required many policy updates in the form of mandates. These mandates come in all shapes and sizes from an…

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