Essay on The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

1053 Words Sep 20th, 2016 5 Pages
This policy analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (hereinafter referred as PPACA) begins by identifying major stakeholders and political implications. Next, it explores PPACA as health policy and reveals new possibilities of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The issues of ethics, personal privacy, and personal rights are discussed before a brief ‘lessons learned’ review of historical health policies. Finally, this paper closes with a health policy analysis of PPACA –advantages, problems, and implications.
Major Stakeholders
Patients, physicians, employers, and insurers are major stakeholders in PPACA because of the great vested interest they share. According to a 2011 Commonwealth Fund survey, before the PPACA became law, nearly 75 percent of the of the nation’s 57 million baby boomers had been putting off needed care. It also reports that almost half of these seniors had been postponing preventative care. The report also indicates that patients with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied access to health care.
According to non-profit Physicians Foundation, private-practice physicians are unhappy with the Affordable Care Act. The report found that physicians, its grassroots stakeholders, feel cheated by the rate and scope of change. According to Cafasso (2011), evidence suggests that disenfranchised physicians are burning out while trying to demands of patient care.
Employers represent another key…

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