Welcome to ObamaCare.
And welcome to ObamaCareProsAndCons.org! Whether this is your first visit or you landed here through a google search or you’re an ObamaCare veteran, this page is where you’ll find the big picture of ObamaCare before we begin to get into the pros and cons.
Read on for an overview of ObamaCare, what will change as it goes into effect (known as the provisions of the legislation) and what the legislation aims to achieve (impacts of the legislation).
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), known as ObamaCare, was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. On June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court rendered a final decision to uphold the law. Most experts agree that ObamaCare is the most significant overhaul to the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.
Impacts of ObamaCare
ObamaCare has three primary objectives:
- Decrease the number of uninsured Americans
- Reduce the overall costs of health care on the United States’ economy
- Increase consumer benefits and protections, both in terms of quantity available and public access
Overview of ObamaCare
ObamaCare attempts to achieve its goals via a series of provisions that go into effect from the time of enactment all the way through January 1, 2020 when the final provisions go into effect. The provisions include individual mandates, subsidies and tax credits. Some provisions affect at employers while others affect individuals but all are designed to increase the overall insurance coverage rate.
Provisions of Obamacare
ObamaCare includes many provisions that take effect beginning January 2010 and continue rolling out through January 1, 2020. These provisions are composed of 10 titles, outlined below. ObamaCareProsAndCons.org will explore each title in later posts so be sure to check back.
Title I - Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Americans
Title II – The Role of Public Programs
Title III – Improving the Quality and Efficiency of Health Care
Title IV – Prevention of Chronic Disease and Improving Public Health
Title V - Health Care Workforce
Title VI – Transparency and Program Integrity
Title VII – Improving Access to Innovative Medical Therapies
Title VIII – Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS Act)
Title IX – Revenue Provisions
Title X – Reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act
The subject of each title is self-explanatory, however the content of each can become very complicated. Check back for later posts where we’ll go into the titles in greater detail.
Be sure to check back for our upcoming series, ObamaCare: What It Means for Me, where we’ll explore how different segments of Americans will be affected by this healthcare overhaul.
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