On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Health Care Reform into law. This law was an achievement and milestone in his administration, because many different presidents had tried to change the healthcare laws. The fact that President Obama was able to get it done will put his name in history books as a successful administrator for change and reforms.

Even though President Obama was able to make Health Care Reform a federal statue, there are legal challenges from over 24 states that the law is unconstitutional. Everyone knows that this challenge will ultimately be decided in the Supreme Court; it was time for a change in the country with healthcare.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is a federal statue that was signed into United States law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. This act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 made up the healthcare reform of 2010. The laws focus on reform of the private health insurance market, provide better coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, improve prescription drug coverage in Medicare, and extend the life of Medicare Trust fund.

When President Obama signed this law, he was well aware that this was the beginning of change, and there were numerous problems with the existing statue. He knew there would be additions, deletions, and adjustments made to make this law work. This law was the start of a belief that together we could improve healthcare and help make it more accessible to all Americans.

Over the past year, there are many different groups who are adamantly opposed to the implementation of the law. They have lawsuits in the courts and claim that the health care reform act is one massive tax bill that is unconstitutional. Many of the opponents call healthcare reform “ObamaCare”, and believe it will undermine the United States healthcare system and the economy.

It is their contention that healthcare reform has caused many medical device and technology firms to consider relocating aboard due to new taxes in the bill. The bill has caused thousands of seniors to lose their Medicare Advantage supplemental healthcare plans, and make it impossible for parents to purchase child-only health insurance polices. The law has also caused health insurance premiums to rise, and many wonder how the country is going to pay for the new law.

On the other side, many Americans are claiming that the new law is making healthcare more affordable and giving them more freedom and control over healthcare choices. They believe that the laws are working to end the worst insurance company abuses, lower healthcare costs, and receive better quality coverage.

Parents now have the choice to provide health coverage for a child until their 26th birthday and children with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage. As many as 6.7 million businesses will be eligible to claim a tax credit, and bring the cost of health care coverage back down to the levels of year 2003. Seniors have the opportunity to get the care they need, including free preventive care, lower cost prescription drugs, and Medicare they can count on.

There are citizens on both sides of the fence, but everyone can agree that something has to be done about the soaring cost of healthcare in America. President Obama has always stated the goal of his Healthcare Reform Act is to focus on the future. There is a need for a national discourse and conversations on he merits of the new law.

Nevertheless, President Obama and the Congress have given Americans the opportunity to change the course of history and improve healthcare. The innovative and entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well with the Healthcare Reform Act, and collectively we can resolve the problems, and make the bill work for all Americans.

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