Essay on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
Tammy R. Carr
Grand Canyon University: HCA-675
April 2, 2014

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama in March of 2010. This law provides equal access to medical care, lowered health care costs and eliminates denial of coverage of pre-existing conditions to the millions of the uninsured and insured Americans that were without and denied health care coverage. Patients who were denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions can now look forward to relief and great improvement because their illness is covered in the new policy, and care is now provided for them at next to minimal cost (Stehly,
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According to the article, “What are Accountable Care Organizations?”, Physicians are required to perform adequate medical services to patients without having to incur risk. Risk management is not a strong suit for the physician and there will be no way to provide perfect and adequate care for a human being at all times, humans are complex machines. One of the cons to treatment is getting stuck with a high risk patient and receiving limited payments for a complex patient (Shafrin, 2010). Another problem is the distrust of patients in ACO’s. Many look at ACO’s as HMO’s with a mask on, which will further restrict their choices of care and the quality of care that they receive. This distrust undermines the intended goal of the Affordable Care Act.
In conclusion, the new healthcare has advantages and disadvantages. It is not a perfect law and there are still some questions about the total success of the law. Many have received coverage, who either had no coverage or were underinsured. For every negative comment or political speech about the law, there have been many positive remarks from the public, expressing thanks and satisfaction with their coverage and the costs to them. Political pundits are divided along party lines, but that is expected. Further observation is necessary to assess the success or failure of the law when the newly insured start going to their doctors to receive treatment. Many legislators and pundits talk about the cost to the government and

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