The Affordable Care Act : Obamacare Essay

1589 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
Have you ever been afraid of getting sick? The fear lies not so much in the illness so much as the cost of the treatment. As you may well be aware of, the healthcare system in the United States could use some reform. That is what many believe anyway. Those who do not get their healthcare via health plans through their work inevitably have to pay for health care through more standard means, myself included. The most relevant form of health care, and the focus of my paper, is The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. While I am certainly no politician, many political stances on health insurance have major effects. Contrary to its name, the Affordable Care Act might not be just that, “affordable,” and might be doing more harm than good. A few weeks ago I received a call from my father. We currently have an agreement where I pay him a percentage of what my Health Insurance costs. We are, coincidentally, insured through Obamacare. He informed me that I would be needing to send him more money at the end of every month due to the rise in healthcare costs. When I asked him how much more the news was disheartening to say the least. I began to question why my costs had begun to rise even though I had never personally found use for my health insurance. Then I also began to question the politics behind this decision. With the presidential election following strikingly close to this decision to rise costs, why would President Obama choose to raise the prices when the…

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