Obamacare

Asia Madison, Writer

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I’m sure you’ve all heard of Obamacare, but what exactly is Obamacare? First off, Obamacare is an unofficial name for a healthcare plan proposed by President Obama. Some other names for it include Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and “the health care law”. It definitely hasn’t been the most popular thing proposed by the President, but it has been under revision since its first appearance in 2009.

 

The first phase of health care reform began in 2009 with the Affordable Health Care for America Act, which was then followed by the Patient Protection Act. The Patient Protection Act ended up being the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The senate passed the bill on December 24, 2009, and the house passed it on March 21, 2010. President Obama signed the bill on March 23, 2010, and it was upheld in the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012.

 

There have been many rumors going around out there about Obamacare. One of the rumors that I am familiar with is that Americans will have to be implanted with an RFID microchip by March 23, 2013. According to snopes.com, the official Urban Legend Reference Pages, this rumor is false. So stop worrying, it’s April now, and you still haven’t had a microchip implanted in your body.

 

The main purpose of Obama’s health care reform is to lighten the burden that health insurance has placed on the lives of many Americans and reduce the costs of health care. As a college student, I can say that health insurance is very expensive for me, and government assistance for health care costs at my age is very hard to qualify for. I am really hoping for Obama’s health care reform to make more improvements in health care and health insurance affordability over the next few years.

 

There is also an educational part of Obamacare called the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. This part of the plan is a lot less talked about. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 proposed a drastic change on the way student loans are set up, increase in funding for the needy students, and also providing more financial support for community colleges.

 

Just like any other issue, some people are supportive of Obamacare, while others think it is a complete waste of time. There are many different sections of this one idea and so much information that has to be explored to gather a clear understanding of it. If you would like to get more information about Obamacare, there are numerous websites with explanations and even the full text of the acts available online

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