Unit 9 Assignment – Admission/Application Essay Example
Pros and Cons of the PPACA Pros and Cons of the PPACA Pros One of the advantages of the PPACA is potential increase in healthcare insurance coverage because many Americans who could not previously afford healthcare insurance will be covered. The bill is also likely to reduce healthcare cost by ensuring success in preventive initiatives that are cheaper (Holsinger & Lawrence, 2013). The program will also ensure that ailments are treated before they become extreme, a more costly avenue.
I also concur with opinions that the program will reduce budget gaps. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the program will reduce the national budget deficit by $143 billion by 2019 and this will result from the Act’s associated taxes and fees.
I however believe that the bill could lead to shortage of primary care physicians and this could limit Americans’ access to healthcare. The condition will be worse because demand will be increasing despite potentials loss of physicians (Holsinger & Lawrence, 2013).
Another limitation of the program is potentials increase in drug costs as pharmaceutical companies will pay an extra $84.8 billion in fees in the next ten years. This is meant to close the ‘donut hole’ in the Medicare but these companies might pass these extra costs to consumers by increasing costs of drugs.
Being forced to purchase Health Insurance or pay a Tax Penalty?
While the Act seems to violate the rights of Americans, it is a great step towards a healthy nation and equality in healthcare provision. The government has a role of ensuring that its citizens have access to quality and affordable healthcare. This involves using the necessary mechanism which can involve forcing people to purchase healthcare insurance or pay a tax penalty. The government is, therefore, justified to use this mechanism.
Holsinger, J. & Lawrence, D. (2013). Contemporary public health: Principles, practice, and policy. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky.