Essay about The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

1500 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or commonly known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare, was passed by the House of Representatives on March 21, 2010, and signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Amongst the forefront of arguably the largest overhaul of health care reform in United States history, Bart Stupak was a pivot figure that helped shape the outcome of abortion provisions in the ACA. His position as a representative led a prominent discussion to the exclusion of federal funding for abortion cases. However, Stupak was frequently force to wrestle with his beliefs on health care reform and abortion, and to balance the views of those whom he represents. In particular, three prominent concepts are illustrated in the ACA case: representation, the executive order, and the legislative process of the House of Representatives and Senate. A common recurrence for these concepts is compromise, and how individuals in the American public and government often reach a middle ground.

The notion of representation is commonly understood as elected individuals who are designated with the responsibility of representing the constituent, or in other words the people. In a similar manner, interest groups are rooted in the principle of representation. For instance, people tend to group and to coordinate with other individuals with shared beliefs. Interest groups are organized to promote a shared goal, and to essentially provide a platform to allow the government…

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