End of Obamacare?

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As Trump begins to settle in his role as the 45th President of the United States, he has promptly delved into addressing the issues that he campaigned for during the election, including the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This bill, also known as “Obamacare,” includes ten propositions intended to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare for all American citizens, regardless of their race, gender, or financial differences. It was ratified in 2010, and signified a great step towards improving the quality of life for underprivileged Americans. However, the act was criticised by many, as it one, forced Americans to purchase expensive health care which, regardless of affordability, could be out of their budget, two, burdened the American people financially by raising taxes and three, incentivized a for-profit healthcare system which could prioritize profit over people. For these reasons, many Americans have opposed the bill, leading to Trump’s executive order dedicated to its removal. However, if Obamacare is dismantled, there will be significant concerns for Americans: the amount of individuals uninsured would double (“The Cost of ACA Repeal,” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), depriving over 14.5 million people of health care, with millions of Americans losing the medical benefits which allow them to continue working and contributing to the economy (“Obamacare Repeal,” National Public Radio). In an attempt to ease these malformative effects, Republican politicians have proposed a new type of health care system, dubbed the Patient Freedom Act. This bill would allow states to retain the Affordable Care Act, with slightly modified terms: the mandates requiring the purchase of healthcare would become a choice for individuals and businesses, while the other tenets of the ACA would remain the same. Regardless of replacement coverage, all Americans will be affected by this change, and the consequences of the Affordable Care Act’s repeal will be revealed in the coming months.

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End of Obamacare?