The Affordable Care Act is a federal statute signed into law in 2010 that introduces a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system. The act grants the federal government significant regulatory powers and price controls over U.S. medical service providers and insurance companies. The Act’s landmark provisions included an insurance mandate which prohibited insurers from denying coverage to individuals due to preexisting conditions and insurance requirements for individual children who did not have coverage via their families. The Act also required states to set up and maintain health insurance exchanges where individuals, families and small businesses can purchase private insurance plans. Individuals who remained uninsured would be subject to a fine tax with their annual tax returns. The fine clause was overturned in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 eliminated the fine for violating the individual mandate.
After working in healthcare for the last 15 years (clerical) and billing insurance I have found that many policies that came out around the time were minimalist coverage so you didn't have to pay taxes at the end of the year. Many people take advantage of this or are uninformed the policy is intentionally bogus to circumvent the system and expect their "insurance" to cover things. I also find it difficult to support because the problem is that insurance was just too expensive and the solution was to force people to buy it. This is what happens when you ask the government to control something that is fundamentally broken and replace it with something that is equally as bad. Good Idea on paper, poorly executed delivery.
Big Pharma needs to be dismantled, and the cure for Cancer needs to be made available. What do you think people are stupid. You gotta bunch of fat cats making millions off of hospital bills, drug costs, and treatment for people's health. They literally destroy lives, emotionally, financially and mortally
The law for decades has been that anyone coming to an emergency room is entitled to appropriate care regardless of their ability to pay. Unless we are willing to go back to the times when people got turned away from hospitals and died of easily treatable conditions because they couldn't pay for treatment, we have already made the decision that society as a whole is responsible for everyone's health care. All we have to work out is how we are going to pay for it. The system prior to "Obamacare" was grotesquely inefficient in terms of how much it cost and how many people did not get appropriate
No. The ACA is an obvious socialist wealth redistribution scheme. The public through their government should have a vested interest in general public health. However, personal responsibility for one's health should be Naturally Darwinistic and can never be effectively managed by government.
It is discriminatory and totally unfair to cigarette smokers which discrimination is illegal. The cost for smoking surcharges are unfair to only one vice in this world of vices, obesity is just as deadly, if not more.
Probably one of the top three most complicated and important issue. I am not opposed to a single payer system but quality of care can not suffer for cost. I think that insurance companies are literally killing this country. I am willing try almost anything at this point.
No I don't. I do think the government (if there is one) has an obligation to promote HEALTH and how people can stay healthy. Programs funded by the government should be in line with this and corporations promoting products harmful to health ( which would raise the cost of healthcare across the board and burden the taxpayer((if there was a government healthcare system)) should be required to label such products as "harmful to health" and tax the corporations heavily. Certain ingredients should be banned and companies found promoting profit over health should be put out of business. Also, these companies should NOT be allowed to sponsor sporting events Pepsi, Frito Lay, Marlboro, Budweiser...). Marketing to children should be considered a crime.
The best thing about the healthcare act is mandate children up to 26 can remain on parent insurance policy. This helped our children a great deal until they could find employment that offered health insurance.
I'm sure there are some other things that are good. I'm just sure what they are.
The cost and penalty is prohibitive. It harms people and their way of living due to cost.
I want to see socialism in America only when it comes to insurance. I want to see the private sector of insurance eliminated to eliminate the ridiculous over inflation of medical treatment and services. I want to see an even playing field across the board and if you choose to spend more of your own money on certain medical experiences, and there can be different price points.
I support the revitalizing and strengthening of something called The Hill-Burton Act of 1944, original healthcare-for-all bill, signed into law by then US President Harry S. Truman in August of 1944...Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced with this law, a law already on the books!
Health care is not a market commodity and should be considered a right like legal aid or public education. The ACA subsidizes private insurance companies with tax money, a form of corporate welfare. Single payer system, allowing for both public & private delivery, is preferable..
We live in a world. Do you think our allies care. The acts do not cover everything. One time you go to the hospital is all it takes and your screwed! Free medical and college. Everyone one should go to an armed forces. Education is the BIGGEST discrimination.
No, it's my right to decide if i want health insurance for my body or not. I'm not a car that has a possibility of hitting another car or property or person. It's my body. I shouldn't be penalized for not getting one.
Too much emphasis is placed on current medicine! "Modern " medicine is still not very good!
Many Americans get too caught up in medicine when IN FACT health is easily maintained, for example eat natural healthy foods, exercise, and have a good Attitude, etc.
No, the Affordable Care Act is a giveaway to the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries. A Single Payer system with the exception of most cosmetic, or vanity, procedures is necessary to keep our country healthy and productive.
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