Since the initiation in 2010 of the Affordable Care Act, Americans have been put back in charge of their individual health care. Under this new law, a health insurance marketplace provides a haven for individuals without insurance to gain coverage. Just this year citizens found out early whether they qualified for Medicare or the CHIP formally known as the Children’s Health Insurance Program. So much is to be learned about the Affordable Care act and this paper provides the roles of the different governmental branches, along with other important factors associated with this law.
Involvement of Government and Lobbying Groups
“Obama Care” as most would call it was passed by the United States Senate, approved by the House of Representatives, and signed into law by the President of The United States (Health care and government, 2013). The lives of many individuals were changed by this initiation as all three branches played a role in the passing into law.
In the early years of 2009 to 2010 the political process pushed health care through legislation led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Health care and government, 2013). This process was extraordinarily tiring, as many defenders of the bills passing were present. Many congressional members “dug their heels in”, and wanted to slow down the process even more as confusion about the bill was posed (Health care and government, 2013). Despite opposition by many sides of the American people, a Democrat-dominated House of Representatives passed the bill and the Affordable Care Act was signed into action on March 21, 2010 (Hogberg, 2013). Indeed, all three branches of government were instrumental with the passing the Affordable Care Act into place.
Balance of Markets and the Government
There must be a balance between the cash markets in health care and the Governmental initiative to keep everything running smoothly. Without the cash flow coming in to medical facilities, the government would see this as a failure. With the cash market resting at $260 billion in the United States alone it is no wonder why this balance has to co-exist (Newswire Association, 2014). A shortage of doctors has already been anticipated by this new initiative, and means to pay cash has been a popular option among many individuals. With a fast paced society it is no wonder why citizens choose not to wait in long lines at the behest of insurance companies, or public health exchanges.
Over the last three months exactly services have been evaluated in orthopedic surgeon’s offices and private practices to see exactly how cash-paying patients are seeking care according to Newswire Association (2014). The government has put into place benchmarks to which the ACA must meet for the companies to increase the number of medical specialists available. Basically if a company has patient waiting lists for medical specialists including anything from oncology, fertility, or dental this line of services is expanded (Newswire...