The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act was mandated by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, and it was welcomed by many uninsured and under-insured Americans. While the public was excited for the changes to come in the United States coverage of its citizens, the Affordable Health Care Act remains a point of contention. While the intention of the Act was to provide much needed medical coverage to thousands of people, it’s become the symbol of the Republican Party’s disdain for the Democrat’s value system.
Still referred to as “Obamacare” by many people, the question is whether the Affordable Health Care Act will remain in place, especially since some states refuse to enact the measure in full. President Obama signed the Act stating “everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health care”. The goal was to provide over 30 million people with quality health coverage that would at least meet their baseline requirements.
According to CNBC, while this was an impressive idea, there was dissent amongst the citizens regarding the requirement to pay a penalty tax if you opted to go without health coverage. This requirement is currently being tested as unconstitutional by a federal court, which means it may unravel the entirety of the Affordable Health Care Act. 14 states have ignored the government program’s request to increase its Medicaid program coverage for residents of their states.
Although the numbers of uninsured people are still in the 28 million range, there have been benefits to enacting this important law. The Affordable Health Care Act prompted the creation of Healthcare.gov and other state resources that help citizens find coverage and get healthcare subsidies. The Act has assisted more children, Black American and small business owners get coverage than ever before. 37 states did comply with the requirement to expand Medicaid, in turn helping more people living in poverty than ever.
As far as what voters think about the Act, it’s the Medicaid expansion that has drawn their attention the most. Since states get reimbursed by the Federal government for adding more Medicaid programs, it’s a win-win situation for everyone. The Trump administration made changes to the Affordable Health Care Act that have made it more expensive for some families and more difficult to get Medicaid. With the election year coming, the Affordable Health Care Act will be a hotly debated topic.