The Affordable Health Care Act, also known as “The Patient Care Act” and, more popularly, “ObamaCare”, is a 2012 piece of legislation intended to provide access to affordable health care to the majority of Americans. Some of the provisions of the bill include:
– Expanding the existing Medicaid system to include nearly everyone under age 65 whose incomes are at 133% or below of the federal poverty level ($14,400 for an individual, or $29,300 for a family of four in 2010.)
– Providing an opportunity for individuals without access to affordable health care an opportunity to purchase it through the new program. Individuals with incomes up to 400% of the federal poverty level will be eligible for premium tax credits based on their income.
– Preventing private insurance companies from denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions, or because of their medical histories.
– Providing tax credits to small businesses who wish to provide medical insurance to their employees.
So, What’s Our Responsibility?
Our responsibility as Americans is to educate and inform ourselves about the truth of the Affordable Care Act, determine where the misconceptions about it have come from, and what we can do to dispel these myths.
Democracy is a part of our lives as Americans, so we must be well-informed in order to vote for what we believe in.
The Media is our main source of information to form an educated opinion. Information about ObamaCare can be found anywhere you look. Media coverage ranges from television to radio to internet, to newspapers, magazines, and periodicals, to billboards and bumper stickers. Some forms of media are objective, while others are opinion-based and less factual.
As informed Americans, we must sift through it all in order to form educated opinions of our own.