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Provide an analysis of the ethical and legal foundations of the health care policy issue HR 3590: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Explain what the ethical issue is, and present the pro and con ethical positions surrounding the health care policy issue. Then, explain what the legal issue is, and present the pro and con legal positions surrounding the health care policy issue. Finally, apply your critical thinking and analysis skills by suggesting two recommendations to the policymaker and/or stakeholder that align with your own position on the ethical and legal issues.

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1. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in March 2010. The law was designed to take effect in a period of eight years. It includes reforms such as expansion of Medicaid eligibility; mandatory coverage of pre-existing conditions; subsidy of insurance premiums and provision of incentives for businesses to offer their employees health care benefits.

Furthermore, the PPACA encourages the states to create more health insurance exchanges for uninsured adults or small businesses to buy insurance from various private insurers. All companies with more than 50 full-time employees should offer health insurance by 2016 or they may be subject to a penalty.

The PPACA requires individuals to purchase health insurance. It also extends coverage of dependent children of up to 26 years old. Insurance companies are not allowed to charge deductibles in most cases of preventive care and they need to accept or cover clients every time they are ill.

2. Ethical Issues

Most of the critics of the PPACA argue that it is unethical to require Americans who meet certain criteria to buy health insurance. People agree that everyone must have access to affordable care but it isn't a reason to justify the PPACA. This law solves the problems of those who couldn't get an insurance due to pre-existing conditions. As a matter of fact, they are provided good coverage for the same premium other healthy people pay.

However, the mere fact that the rest of the population will be required to pay more or less than the real cost of their ...

Solution Summary

* The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) explained.
* PPACA - Ethical Foundations (pros and cons)
* PPACA - Legal Foundations (pros and cons)
* Recommendations (2)
* 1,024 words
* 4 non-APA references

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