Essay on The Issues Of Healthcare And Affordable Care Act ( Aca )

1176 Words Dec 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Healthcare has been at the forefront of confrontation for centuries. From the first implementation of the U.S Marine Hospital in 1798 to the execution of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its current state, the questions of who will pay, who will have access and what is going to be the quality of care remains a challenge. Healthcare as we know will always come at a cost. Someone will need to pay for the services rendered as nothing is free. How much you pay, often speaks to the quality of care one will receive. Accessing for care continues to be a dilemma, even for those that have coverage. In 1798 the first Federal law was signed by John Adams, the “Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seaman” which was the start of pre-paid health coverage. All merchant seamen were required to pay 20 cents per month for their care. The law did not encompass the care of other military fleets nor the common man. It was not until 1799, when legislation moved forward to include the U.S. Navy, eventually increasing the cost to 40 cents per month. (2005). The common man did not have the opportunity to utilize these services and care was more focused within the home. During the late 1700’s healthcare was administered at home, often by women. This included midwifery along with homeopathies, it was only when…. In the early 1800’s the access to adequate care was still limited. Doctors were not well trained and had to travel on foot or by horse to reach those in need. This…

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