The Health Of The Affordable Care Act Essay

1267 Words Oct 14th, 2015 null Page
Dr. Brundtland with the World Health Organization says, “The health and well- being of people around the world depend critically on the performance of the health systems that serve them” (2000). President Obama ran his election with the goal of establishing universal health care and upon election, his vision come to fruition through the Affordable Care Act (Darnell, 2010, p. 2). A “legislative victory” (Darnell, 2010, p. 33), the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010 despite deep-rooted disapproval from the Republican Party. Concisely, the Affordable Care Act expanded insurance coverage through individual and small business insurance marketplaces, through subsidies for those between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level, and through Medicaid expansion (Rand Health, 2015). In addition to expanding coverage, the Affordable Care Act has attempted to improve health care quality by placing an emphasis on prevention and other measures (Anderko, et al., 2012). Today, nearly every Republican running in the 2016 election has threatened to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Implications of repeal are extensive, because The Affordable Care Act has been successful in expanding coverage, evidenced by the 10.2 Americans who now have coverage via Marketplace (Health and Human Services, 2015). Despite positive intentions to improve health care quality, the Affordable Care Act has largely neglected how broken our health system is, evidenced by our disease rates, our…

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