Essay on The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

2330 Words Nov 20th, 2016 10 Pages
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act went into effect on March 23, 2010. As Obama’s key piece of legislation during his presidency, the act sought to reform the health care sector by increasing access to health care coverage via private insurance or public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. The legislation has drastically changed the health care sector from both a patient and provider standpoint. While many attempts failed at reforming American health care in the past, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has successfully changed the medical landscape by expanding access to quality patient care as well as affordable health insurance. This paper will use the effect of the act on organ transplants to illuminate the overall impact of the act. Recent studies have projected the effect that the act will have on organ transplantation success in those insured privately as opposed to publicly. Research in the public administration, public health, and public policy literature provides some insight into the past, current, and future effects the Affordable Care Act will have on certain aspects of the health care landscape.
Enacted in March of 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes many mandates on individuals, employers, and state governments with the goal of nationwide health care coverage. The act is comprised of an individual mandate to purchase insurance, an employer mandate to offer coverage to employees, a Medicaid expansion to…

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