Effects of the affordable care Act on U.S. healthcare providers
The Affordable Care Act that the Obama administration implemented has brought about a lot of significant changes within the health care providers in the United States. President Obama had enforced “The Affordable Care Act” which would allow every American to have the chance of affording healthcare (Collins, Piper & Owens, 2013). Whereas putting the Affordable Care Act into effect only concerns about 15% of the population in the U.S., it brought about a major debate with Republicans as well as the medical society (Barlow, 2010, p.78). The different changes that the Affordable Care Act will bring about on the healthcare providers will be examined in this research paper.
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Greenberg & Shuman (2009) states “Prior to the effecting of the Affordable Care Act, the health system was entirely voluntary” (90). This is because people were not required to buy health insurance, although most employers offered it. Individuals would only buy health insurance only when he/she can pay for, in the confidence that one can derive benefits from it. Since most Americans are in opposition to a single payer system, and given that there was a lot of antagonism to a public option, the initiative to reform the health care system is broadly built on the present structures of the U.S. health care system, inclusive of the private insurance companies.
Barlow, D., (2010). The Implications of the Affordable Care Act. Retrieved from DOI: 10.1037/1048-35184.108.40.2068