Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pros/Cons Of The Affordable Care Act

Someone smart told me once that when you boil American politics down to the most basic thing, you end up with doctors on one side and lawyers on the other. Nothing proves that more correct than the continuing battle over the Affordable Care Act. When it comes to health care there are two equally partisan sides. Conservatives believe doctors should be left alone and liberals want to control their behavior and more importantly how much money they earn. The pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act are fuzzy to say the least, because so much of it is based on political ideology and not provable fact. On the pros side, trying to control the amount of money spent on medical treatment in the United States has been an ongoing effort for years now with very little progress being made. It's not that medical costs should not go up, it's the fact they have been increasing at a great percentage than the average rate of inflation. So, if the Affordable Care Act is able to bring down the increasing cost of health care – then it would definitely be something to be listed on the pros side. However, it appears at this early stage the opposite has occurred as medical costs and premiums for insurance have been increasing at a great rate than before the law was passed. Americans disagree on whether or not access to health care is a right or a privilege to US citizens. I believe it is a right, but I'm not sure – if the Affordable Care Act is the right prescription for that problem. So what are some of the cons of this new law? The biggest thing on the cons side of the Affordable Care Act is that by it's very nature it is changing the relationship enjoyed by doctors and patients in this country for hundreds of years. In the beginning, President Obama claimed - if a person liked their doctor they could keep them. However, it didn't take long for that promise to go away. It appears that in the future the primary deciding factor of what doctor a patient will be allowed to visit, will be determined by insurance companies and the federal government instead of the patient. It's still to early to know for should what the Affordable Care Act will look like many years down the road. Liberals claim it is the best thing since sliced bread, while conservatives think the beginning of the end is near. The pros and cons of this law will work themselves out over time, but always remember that it will be doctors and lawyers who will be on the receiving end of the biggest lion-share of money created by this law.

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