The Pros And Cons Of The Affordable Care Act

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The Medicare-For-All policy is one of the many bills Bernie Sanders is trying to pass, if elected as President. The Affordable Care Act is a little similar, and has gotten our country so much closer to gaining the Medicare-For-All policy. More than seventeen million Americans have gained health insurance from the Affordable Care Act. Millions of low-income Americans have coverage now, thanks to expanded eligibility in Medicaid, that exists in thirty-one states. Kids can now stay on their parents’ health plans until they’re twenty-six. Sanders was on the U.S. Senate committee that helped write the Affordable Care Act. However, this is only the first steps to Universal healthcare coverage. Twenty-nine million Americans still to this day don’t …show more content…
Not coincidentally, we also spend substantially more for health care than any other developed nation. Health insurance profits are a huge burden on our economy. One health insurer alone, UnitedHealthcare, reported profits of more than $ten billion dollars in 2014. The average per-person cost of healthcare in the United States is $9,146 per person. The profits of this one corporation alone could therefore provide medical coverage to more than one million people, even at our country’s excessive rates (Eskow). That is an unnecessary price to pay. Despite that our nation spends more on health care, Americans are getting not their money’s worth. A lot of Americans are still uninsured, even after the Affordable Care Act, and Americans pay more on an individual basis for their care than their peers in other countries (Eskow). Life expectancy is getting lower, and infant mortality is getting higher.Consequently from private health insurance costing us more, and delivering less, than government-sponsored care. A lot of profit-based health care providers have the wrong incentives to work, overcharging and over treating patients. Another reason why we should adopt this policy is because while health care inflation has slowed somewhat in recent years, costs are likely to remain significantly higher in this country until we implement a more rational and humane

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