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The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act

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Published by Tania Ballard

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Published by: Tania Ballard on May 28, 2011
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The Affordable Care ActAKA
A Research Summary Report By Tania Ballard
MG 460 Directed Study/Research in ManagementInstructor Dr. J. Wayne McCain
April 20, 2011
 NOTICE: This paper does not necessarily represent the opinion of the Administration, Faculty, or Staff of Athens State University.
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ABSTRACTThe Affordable Care Act, AKA “Obamacare”
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in March 2010 in March 2010 at the insistence of then President Barak Obama and Democrat-controlled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised Americans a reduction in healthcare costs along with increased coverage for millionsand a decreased set of limitations and restrictions. This research paper summarizes the major  provisions of the new 1900-plus page law and addresses some important issues raised by whatnow appears to be a majority of Americans concerning its constitutionality, empty promises, private citizen/employer mandates, and what may be increased taxes and elevated healthcarecosts. At best, many view the legislation as a foundered attempt at ‘insurance reform’ rather thanan earnest effort to address the real issues that are driving the spiraling cost of medical care. Inthe context of business, this law is anything but ‘business-as-usual’ and may actually result in asignificant addition to U.S. deficit spending, loss of jobs, and a decrease in medical coverage for many already covered by ‘satisfactory’ health insurance. These concerns are coupled with thereal possibility of increased insurance costs for those already enrolled in employer-provided plans.This paper is intended to point to issues rather than provide succinct solutions. It is alsowritten as the author’s interpretation of publically-known facts and opinion’s of professionallegislators on all sides. As such, it does not represent the official position of the Administration,Faculty, or Staff of Athens State University.
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The Affordable Care Act, AKA “Obamacare”
o the American people want thefuture of health care to be in the hands of afew politicians; the same politicians that aremaking themselves exempt from their own policies? When it comes to our health caresystem, most of us agree that America isready for a change. We need a system thatdelivers accessible, high quality care, but we can’t achieve this goal with government policiesthat attack the foundation of our current health care system which is employer-sponsored healthinsurance. The Obama administration and members of congress are pushing legislation to set upa government run health care system. This government-run system would operate in competitionwith private health insurance that is commonly provided by many employers to employees andtheir families. Employer sponsored health insurance is the backbone of our nation’s health caresystem and if this health insurance is banished this would affect millions of Americans. It has been stated so many times that the law will reduce the nation's deficit by more than $100 billion by 2020 and by $1 trillion by 2030. So far there is no evidence to find this statement true. It has been hard to find any positive information on the bill thus far (Refer to Table 4, page 19 for aPros and Cons list).The health care system in the United States has been a subject of debate for many yearsas well as the topic of campaign pledges by many who have run for office. Not long ago, in fact,President Obama made a campaign promise to make better and more health care services

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