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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Review

Review the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and provide:

- Background on the topic and previews major points.
- Description of the process of how it was developed, who was involved in the development, and their respective roles in development.
- Analysis of the policy's or mandate's impact on health care delivery, providers, and consumers.

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is designed to provide all Americans with some level of assurance and insurance toward medical care. This landmark laws has the potential to change the system of medical care in the United States today. Although, no one wants to deny any the right to receive treatment for sickness or injury, there are many who are have strong feelings either way regarding the realism of this law.

History of the Law
The law was signed by President Barack Obama in 2010. One of the main purposes of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is to equalize health care and reform insurance programs. The main effort of the program is to maintain some type of health insurance for those who do not buy policies or pay a penalty. They can only be exempt by hardship or religious reasons. This act seeks to reform many of the existing insurance-based systems and Medicare. The overall spending for healthcare is projected to increase while the pieces of the law are put into place.

The future of healthcare policy has people pulling from every angle, especially in this election year. Since the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, everyone except the patient has some reason to feel threatened. Hospitals that are already having difficulty collecting on debt are not sure if this law will give them more debt or assist them with government funds. The contention of the future for healthcare policy now is what would replace this law. People with pre-existing conditions or seriously ill persons do not want to return to the uncertainty of losing coverage just when they need it most. Another vulnerable population of people who work hard just to cover their basic needs can now get insurance coverage with this new regulation. What happens to them? Do we go back to charity care or no care at all? The United States still has more than 30 million Americans that have no insurance. This does not include those who have qualified for Medicaid (May, 2012).

Time Sequence of Events
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Solution Summary

Patient protection and the affordable care act is reviewed. AN analysis of the policy's or mandate's impact on health care delivery, providers and consumers is determined.