Health Care : Right Or Privilege? Essay

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Health Care: Right or Privilege?
We sat drinking coffee on my front porch as I listened to Linda tearfully explain that she and her husband, John, were forced to separate and divorce. Sounds odd, but it was their only solution to be able to get treatment for her recent breast cancer diagnosis. Yes, she had catastrophic insurance coverage, but with the high deductibles and limits of coverage, the exuberant cost of cancer treatment would bring them to financial ruin, and they would lose everything. In 1998, Linda and John divorced, and she quit her job to qualify for government assistance. He stayed in their house while she and their two children moved into government subsidized housing. She was then able to obtain Medicaid and begin her cancer treatments. Health care is a fundamental right, and the government is responsible for ensuring that every citizen has access to health care, and the health care is affordable.
Health Care Overhaul: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA) was signed by President Barack Obama in March 2010. The ACA overhauled and reformed health care in America, and provided health care coverage for millions of previously uninsured people. People still can get private insurance from their employers or through the Veteran’s Administration, Medicare or Medicaid. This comprehensive plan focuses on the cost of health care, insurance coverage, and health prevention (U.S. Department…

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