Chapter 3: “Health Reform, Access to Care, and Admissions and Discharge”
Discuss the following in not less than 200 words:
Reforming the United States healthcare system has not been easy. Many
have tried and failed. After completing the assigned reading for this
week, you will find that the arduous task has been undertaken in the
past, only to find that a consensus could not be reached by Congress. As
such, the recent passing of this law is an incredible accomplishment,
but the hard work is hardly over.
Presently, the United States government, in conjunction with both the
public and private healthcare sectors, is working toward implementing
For this week, please review the major provisions of the Affordable
Care Act (ACA) of your textbook and formulate an initial post with the
In your own words, discuss the passing of the ACA. What was the
intent of reforming health care at the time law passed? Provide details
on the issues that this law addressed.
Discuss the current state of the ACA. What has changed? Have the
legal challenges to the ACA been successful? Why or why not? Provide
specific examples of challenges that were successful and/or failed.
Finally, what is the future of the ACA? How is our current
political (Congress) addressing the issues facing you in your role as a
In two different paragraph with no less than 75 words give your personal opinion to Brenda Newcomb and Mary Harris
The ACA is an all-inclusive reform of healthcare that was passed into
law by Obama in March 2010. The law of ACA was planned to expand
coverage for health insurance to millions of American people who were
uninsured. The ACA also extended eligibility for Medicaid and it
developed a marketplace for health insurance. The Affordable Care Act
stops companies that provide insurance from refusing coverages due to
conditions that are pre-existing and does require plans in covering
lists of extremely important health benefits. Families who have low
income will be able to qualify for additional savings for health
insurance plans relating to an insurance payment tax credit and
reductions of sharing the cost. The ACA was planned for reducing the
costs of health insurance for qualified individuals. The act includes
tax credit premiums and reductions of sharing the cost in helping to
lower costs for people and families (Kenton, 2019).
In May 2019, the United States Representatives passed a legislation
called the omnibus, for bolstering the ACA and lowering prescription
drug prices. The bill is planned for safeguard protection for
individuals who had preexisting health conditions and in lowing the
prices of prescription drugs (Keith, 2019). In 2018, a hearing decision
by Judge O’Conner made a firm decision relating to ACA. The judge ruled
that ACA was unconstitutional since Congress reduced the penalty that
required people that did not have health insurance in paying a fine.
Although the law of tax did not unlock the individuals sanctioned
itself, it did, however, had a penalty of $0 (Zhou, 2019).
Keith, K. (2019). House passes legislation to strengthen the ACA. Retrieved from
1.Affordable Care Act of 2010 – A group of laws that was strategically created to provide insurance coverage to “ALL”
Americans regardless of their pre-existing condition(s), their income
status without limitations, while improving quality and education and
curbing healthcare cost.
Here are some of the provisions, according to NCSL, 2011:
Minimum coverage for preventive service
Tax Credits to employers with less than 25 employees
A requirement for health plans to report medical loss ratio
Expansion of CHIP
Programs to get a deeper look into the effectiveness of quality of care.
2. Current State and the change:
The Republicans are vigilant in trying to repeal the ACA. There
are attempts made, that put Law is in serious jeopardy because of the
election in 2016 (Showalter, 2017), and this is due to the majority of
both houses where the Ruplicians were the majority.
Legal challenges have not been successful because, in 2019, the
Fifth Circuit Court heard arguments in the case of Texas v. Azar where a
lawsuit was brought by approximately 18 State Attorney General and
endorsed (Vox, 2019) by Mr. Trump’s Administration. The decision was
determined the ACA was unconstitutional since the penalty which required
everyone who did not carry health insurance pay a fine was waived.
Legal experts said the argument did not hold water (too weak), therefore
it would not stand up against an appeal.
3. Future of ACA:
As we know Mr. Trump has never been in favor of theAffordable Care Act (ACA)and
there has been several attempts to repeal and replace since he has
taken office that have been unsuccessful. Despite those attempts, the
future of theAffordable Care Act (ACA)is
still improving access to health insurance for more than 20 million
Americans through the expansion of Medicaid. Several critical elements
of the law still service the growing needs of older adults from the
closing the Medicare Prescriptions gap in the elimination of
cost-sharing deductibles or copay for preventive health services.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA)continues to be quite valuable (Loria, 2019) to the public. At this moment thereisn’t a better alternative,
and if some of us, if not all, will remember the good ( don’t shoot me
down. I know it is not perfect) that has come out of the creation of
this law, the future will seem even brighter, prosperous and very
beneficial. I know this is positive thinking on my part. No one really
knows the future of this law, due to the many variables that are
Showalter, J. (2017). The Law of Healthcare Administration. Eight Edition: Healthcare Press, Chicago, Illinois