Professor J. Flynn
November 06, 2013
To Care or Not to Care: Obamacare
For the past years, our country’s health care programs have been asked and petitioned to be improved. President Obama took action into account and decided it was time for our nation to have an affordable and well operated health care program, known as Obamacare. A bill that would allow us to grow and succeed at an affordable cost, but to what expense? Obamacare has severe consequences that will harm our nation’s future and worsen our financial affairs. Americans have to be informed about these negative outcomes Obamacare will bring upon us. There are many factors contributing to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, followed by different opposing viewpoints. Alexandra Booze, author of Facts of Obamacare: Inside Look at the Pros and Cons of the New Health Law, states some important facts that perhaps we may have not been informed about. She reports the effects the ACA will have on small businesses, the future of the health care workforce, and the American public’s understanding on this new and important bill. Booze says that the ACA will lead small companies to cut back workers’ hours so that they do not have to provide healthcare for them. Booze mentions that, “ Three of the nation’s largest unions sent a letter to House and Senate Democratic leadership last week claiming that Obamacare would ‘shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40-hour workweek that is the backbone of the American middle class’”. Those who agree upon this new health care law, is agreeing to destroy what has made America a successful nation
in the world. She then indicates that because the bill has been held back until two years from now, businesses will not have to cut workers’ hours until then. Another factor Booze brings up, are the causes that Obamacare will have on the future of the health care workforce. According to a study made by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the ACA will cause the lack of doctors in 2020 (Booze). She mentions that the pressures of Obamacare will only make doctors and physicians want to retire early. On the bright side though, Booze asserts that Obamacare will improve many existing health care centers and even build new ones. The author says that, “These projects are estimated to serve almost 4 million people. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services projects that the community health center provision of the law will create nearly 19,000 new jobs, including positions staffing new facilities” (Booze). The last element Booze points out is the understanding that the American public has on this new bill. She claims that according to the Kaiser Family Foundation Health Poll, many Americans have little to no knowledge of this new law. She finishes by stating that the American public is divided by different opposing viewpoints on Obamacare and those who are undecided or have no opinion whatsoever.
Booze’s arguments on the ACA were thorough and well organized. She supports her claims with facts and statistics which makes the article much more credible to the reader. The author arranges the article by stating a question and then answering with two paragraphs: one presents the positive outcomes of Obamacare while the other presents the negative. Although Booze does not take a stance in this issue she is able to demonstrate enough information, both the good and the bad on Obamacare, to help the reader gain some understanding of this new law. At
times, some of her arguments contradicted each other, but regardless of that the author was well organized and informed.
Unlike Booze, the author of The Costs of Obamacare, Ross Douthat sates most of the negative repercussions the ACA will have on our nation. He starts off by informing the reader of a new estimate the C.B.O has predicted based on the new health care bill. Douthat claims that over the...
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Douthat, Ross. "The Costs of Obamacare." Ross Douthat The Costs of Obamacare Comments.
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