In Defense of The Affordable Care Act

Sam Lavely, Sports Editor

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The Affordable Care Act, since its implementation in 2010, has been
a very controversial topic in the United States. From debates over
personal freedom to the right to a prosperous life, the left and right wings
of the political spectrum have been fighting for their personal interests.
While the Republican party and Donald Trump has been boasting their
own plan for healthcare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act should be upheld because it increases healthcare coverage across the
country and has provided a decreased correlation between wealth and health insurance
accessibility.
Arguably the most important benefit of the Affordable Care Act is its ability to lower
the general costs of healthcare in the United States. One specific study found that twenty
percent of low-income families went without healthcare because they could not afford it,
but only four percent of high-income families faced the same problem. Before President
Obama signed this into law, healthcare was considered a luxury; a helpful product rather
than a necessary need. Since its passing, however, disparities of availability have decreased.
In fact, it is estimated by CNN that if the Republican plan were put into action, “the
number of Americans without insurance would increase by more than 20 million.” A new
plan would reduce the affordability of basic healthcare in the United States, leaving the
monetarily disadvantaged with less coverage and more health problems.
Additionally, the act saves lives throughout the country. One specific example is that of
Kendall Brown from Oklahoma. Brown has Crohn’s disease and was nearly on her deathbed
several times, but was able to afford basic care from the Affordable Care Act. While
some businesses are negatively affected through the employer mandate and all citizens in
the United States have increased taxes in order to expand Medicaid and Medicare, there
is no cost too high to justify the denial of basic healthcare coverage to all citizens, regardless
of their ability to pay.

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