Politics and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Politics and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Post an explanation for how you think the cost-benefit analysis in terms of legislators being reelected affected efforts to repeal/replace the ACA.

Then, explain how analyses of the voter’s views may affect decisions by legislative leaders in recommending or positioning national policies.

(e.g., Congress’ decisions impacting Medicare or Medicaid).

Remember, the number one job of a legislator is to be re-elected. Please check your discussion grading rubric to ensure your responses meet the criteria.

What is the most controversial provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?

Review the Resources and reflect on efforts to repeal/replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Consider who benefits the most when the policy is developed and in the context of policy implementation.

  • Community health centers (CHCs) provide primary care
    for underserved children and adults.
  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) aimed to strengthen the CHC network by increasing federal funds and expanding Medicaid eligibility.

What are the problems with ACA?

  • The ACA also aimed to boost preventive and mental health services and to reduce
    health and healthcare disparities.
  • ACA Medicaid expansion increased access to care and preventive services, primarily
    in Medicaid expansion states.
  • Rates of physical and mental health conditions rose substantially from pre- to post ACA in expansion states, suggesting underdiagnosis preACA.