The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obama Care, aims to provide more Americans with health insurance. However, it continues to spurn debate in Congress as more and more politicians question the long-term effects of passing the bill on universal health care.
The Act has even caused a government shutdown which hasn’t occured in 17 years.
According to a 10News, a poll taken in San Diego, 44 percent opposed the Act, while only 29 percent supported it, and 27 percent said they didn’t know enough about it.
According to the same poll, when it came down to results from Congress, 52 percent rejected the bill, 20 percent opposed its rejection, and 28 percent were still not sure how they felt about what happened in Congress.
What harm could universal health care do to our nation?
Isn’t getting access to more medical care good and beneficial for United States citizens?
According to boston.com, many are concerned that the Affordable Care Act will put limitations on insurance companies, increase job loss and drive up costs.
The Affordable Care Act will stop insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions and allow young adults to remain covered by their parents’ health insurance until they are 26, according to boston.com.
According to standupforhealthcare.org, the Affordable Care Act will also prevent insurance company abuse, limit out pocket costs and extend Medicaid to millions of low-income Americans.
Under the Affordable Care Act insurance companies will be able to deny contraceptives coverage based on religious or moral preferences stated boston.com.
Opponets of the Act believe that there should be no stipulation on contraceptives.
It calls into question whether this Act will interfere with our rights as U.S. citizens.
With so much controversy in politics we sometimes forget we are a democracy, and while the people may not always vote well, their votes still have to be put into consideration.
The hard part is whether the masses are making the right decision for the nation as a whole.
As for job loss, the Affordable Care Act would also help small businesses, which have struggled in these tough economical times.
“Unfortunately, small businesses are struggling due to the financial burden of providing health care for their employees during tough economic times,” stated standupforhealthcare.org. “But with health reform, some of this financial burden will be lifted, and employers will be able to help their employees get the care they need.”
According to standupforhealthcare.org, businesses that provide health insurance to their employees will start getting tax credits, and beginning in 2010, businesses with fewer than 25 employees are eligible for 35 percent of the employer contribution as long as they contribute at least 50 percent of the total premium.
Full credit will be, avaliable to businesses with fewer than ten employees who average less than $25,000 annual wages and phase out at $50,000.
Tax credits will help give small businesses a boost, enabling them to be able to keep paying their employees.
According to Dan Danner’s article, “Affordable Care Act Won’t Improve Health of Small Businesses,” many employers did not feel that the Affordable Care Act would decrease the cost of health insurance.
“The National Federation of Business study found that the tax credit serves not as an incentive but as a financial windfall for those who already offer coverage,” stated Danner. “It does not give much reason for non-offering employers to change their behavior and begin offering coverage.”
The Affordable Care Act may not be perfect, but that does not mean that it shouldn’t be given a chance.
Revision can be done to it until, at the very least, it is agreeable.
The decision on healthcare is difficult to make but if the people in government refuse to negotiate the Act nothing can be fixed.
Compromise may be necessary in order to keep Congress and our nation moving forward. What are your thoughts email the to [email protected]