Regardless of your political views, one issue that is universally important is receiving needed medical care when we fall sick. With skyrocketing healthcare and medication costs, accomplishing this task is increasingly difficult. On March 21, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law by President Obama, promising Americans health care access, quality and cost control.
One of the primary goals was to expand insurance coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans who had no insurance coverage1. The president promised that if “you liked your own insurance coverage, you could keep it.” Among other provisions, coverage denial for pre-existing conditions was prohibited, annual/lifetime limits on coverage for essential services were eliminated, and access to preventative and contraceptive services was expanded without cost-share. As a 23-year-old pharmacy student with a student loan burden, I was particularly pleased to hear that PPACA would allow me to extend coverage under my parents’ insurance until I was 26 years of age1.
Despite these seemingly positive changes that the PPACA provided the Americans, why is the Republican party and many members of the general public opposed to it? Recently, a group of academics bicycled from Washington DC, to Seattle, Washington, asking people their opinions on what was wrong with PPACA. The authors found four common themes: (1) the increased cost of health insurance (2) the government should not tell Americans how to spend their money on their own healthcare, (3) insurance companies, the government and the president are greedy and want to make money off of the public, and (4) Americans should not have to pay for people who cannot help themselves2. Are these concerns valid? Is this really what was intended by President Obama and the Democratic party who supported the PPACA? [Read more…]