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Exercise 2


Is there an agenda behind the new Apprehension and fear of a change and the Is there too much focus being placed
policy? Why should it be repealed in effects it can cause? on the necessity of a health care
the first place? system?
“Is Obamacare really a disaster? Will it “Given the history of repealing laws that have “The premiums are constantly on the
be remembered as a failure in the not been provided with a fair shake, is a switch rise, as a result, so who benefits? Whom
future?” (Salant & Zurcher) necessary? Is the Grass always greener on the does Obamacare empower?” (Zurcher)
other side of the fence?” (Luhby & Salant)
“Primary health insurance was achieved “While we claim to “want a change” in the “Let's remember that less than 12 million
for all Americans for the first time in policy, we also continue to be fearing a people are enrolled via Obamacare. This
our history, and more than 30 million change, experts continue to express concerns means the health reform law is indirectly
Americans gained health coverage about patient safety and health care quality, affecting millions of other Americans,
through the law. Why should the law be making us wonder if a switch in policy is and for the most part, they aren’t
repealed against the wishes of the worth the risk being undertaken” (Luhby) bothered by it!” (Williams)
citizens?” (Bakalar)
“In an era of growing income and “Obamacare's mandate that nearly all “There's nothing affordable about the
wealth inequality, the Republicans have Americans have some form of health Affordable Care Act. The program has
an agenda towards repealing a starkly insurance. Despite the increasing taxes and the become infamous for having high
redistributive law. The goals of costs, it has succeeded in its form. Is the loss premiums and deductibles that get worse
narrowing the gap between the rich and of healthcare due to the Republican reform a every year. They are also angry that they
poor was achieved. This is a law that true concern and a reason behind the lack of couldn't keep the insurance plan or
represents the characteristics and values support for the policy?” (Luhby) doctors that they had.” (Zurcher)
of the country” (Williams & Bakalar)

It can be observed from the above trends that the public opinion on the possibility of a new law has gradually shifted from an
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eagerness to skepticism because of the fear of the consequences of the law. This is because while Americans agree that

Obamacare has led to a significant increase in their costs, there is also a sense of acceptance of the law since it was not completely a

failure, as seen by the rise in coverage available to Americans. Similarly, there is an opinion that changes in the laws is not what is

completely necessary for improving the lives of the targeted communities, since the majority of Americans do not rely on Obamacare

for their health insurance, and that the focus on repealing the policy should be diverted on other pressing concerns. These factors have

made the public opinion to have a generally skeptic but nonetheless accepting standpoint on the issue of a new healthcare system.

Works Cited

Zurcher, Anthony. “Obamacare and the Republican Plan Compared.” BBC. 20 September 2017. pp. 1-2

Bakalar, Nicholas. “Nearly 20 Million Have Gained Insurance Since 2010.” The New York Times. 22 May 2017. pp.2-4.

Williams, Sean. “Is Obamacare Good or Bad? It's All a Matter of Perspective.” The Motley. 20 June 2017. pp.1-3

Salant, Jonathan. “Obamacare isn't failing despite Trump claims.” NJ Daily. 15 March 2017. pp.1-3

Luhby, Tami. “What repealing Obamacare's individual mandate means.” CNN. 15 November 2017. pp. 3-4