Blog Poject Self Reflection: Growth as a Thinker

When we started this political blog project I did not know much about Obama Care or any other political issue. I thought politics were a waste of time and way to get into incredibly heated Facebook messaging fights. But after my depth in research grew  on the issue of Obama Care, I began to think more deeply about politics and especially on the issue I decided to blog about. I value more scholarly, government websites that provide more accurate and less biased data; whereas in the beginning of this blog most of my sources were from other political blogs. Though the blogs can be factual as well as a fun read, I have developed an ear for biased tone in others writing as well as my own.

This was the first English project I have enjoyed because I saw my self growth as a person. I changed my mind on the issue several times over and to be honest, I still feel fickle about Obama Care and whether or not I believe it should be enacted. It was very interesting to observe myself and how young and mailable my mind actually is to information. But after self analyzing all my blog post I realize that my argument remained steady only with minor fluctuations, but in my mind I was debating the issue back and forth. I believed this fickleness is responsible for my growth as a thinker. I am no longer closed minded to the idea of Obama Care and I am actually curious to learn more about the topic and truly determine whether I support Obama Care or not.

Links Posting: Recommended Reading List

Now that I am almost done with my blog I constructed a list of links that you can follow if your thirst to gain knowledge about the future of Obama care was not quenched by my blog. Below are ten links that can broaden your knowledge on the ramifications and effects of Obama Care:

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States:

This is a census based, government website that is beneficial for seeing the current heath care situation and poverty levels in America without many biases.

The Night Democrats reclaimed Obama Care :

this is actually a link to another political blog. This post discusses the 2012 election and how democrats reclaimed their favored president and reclaimed the promise of Obama Care as well.

Supreme Court Controversies :

This CQ researcher article was about how a certain supreme court case that decided to uphold the new health care law. Supporters and opponents of the affordable care act rallied outside of the supreme court in hopes to sway the vote.

Uninsured Rate Soars, 50 + Americans without Coverage :

This website discussed the rate and prevalence of uninsured adults in America. the article infers something must be done to decrease the number of uninsured Americans while improving the all around structure of the American health care system.

Obama Care Time Line :

This was a government ran website that simplified the somewhat confusing ramifications of Obama Care. If you are like me, some of the policies and details withing the affordable care act and confusing and somewhat difficult to understand. This website broke the act down into a time line so you can visualize what takes place in more understandable terms.

Class Links post

Below is a list of the blogs that I found to be Irresistible!!!!!

 Common Sarcasm for the Sensible Age

This blog Targets a wide array of political issues especially pertaining to those of equal rights for all regardless of appearance and sexual orientation. The blog delivers a clear focus on the issues of marriage equality in America and the path those fighting for equal rights are undergoing. Though this is a serious issue, this blog adds a bit of humor to the situation while still managing to get its point across. Truly worth following, check it out!

Immigration Station 2012

This blog’s main focus is obviously immigration and how it affects the federal government. I truly admired how it delivered an easy to understand and unbiased argument on the ramifications of immigration. I liked how the blog also focused on how immigration policies affect the immigrants, instead of just American citizen. This helped open my eyes to how Americans sometimes ignore how immigrants interpret many immigration policies. Visit this blog to find out more about the immigration policies

Heath Carried Away

I also enjoyed following this blog, because it challenged the arguments I formed in my blog. This blogged contained thorough justifications for most of the arguments and honestly made me contemplate many of my own blog post. The “Health Carried Away” blog focuses more on why the nation needs a reform in the current American health care system; which challenged the focus of my blog, thus making for an interesting read. So if you into health care, give this blog visit.

Implications Posting

The future of health care in America seems to be leaning towards a reformation. This is only because a large percentage of Americans are uninsured and/or unhappy with the current health care system. Premiums are going up and nearly 45 million Americans are uninsured. If nothing is done to fix these issues, they will continue to worsen and the gap between the rich and the poor will grow wider as health care coverage would become something only the rich could afford. Thus the future of American health care, seems to be rooted in Obama Care, but many Americans do not want health care reform, yet without it, health care coverage would become a dog eat dog business transaction rather than a way to help insure Americans get the necessary amount of health care. If it were not to undergo reform will continue to spiral into an unfair system of high premiums and little coverage.

Why Obama Care: Theory Post

Obama care is an issue that has caused much division in the very recent 2012 election. This issue probably became so contentious because Americans have very differing views on what they think health care should encompass. The conservatives were quick to label the patient protection and affordable care act as socialistic and unconstitutional; claiming that it was Obama’s version of the infamous universal health care. On the other hand, many people  believed that the American health care system was faulty and needed some form of reformation. This group included mostly democrats and lower income individuals. And since the bills passing in March of 2012 these groups have been relentless in trying to prove their point.

My theory on how these groups became so divided is simply that facts were overlooked and altered most of the time. For instance, the right wingers calling the bill socialist is, frankly put, a lie. The bill still allows individuals to determine their form of coverage Another rumor was that Obama Care was going to cut government funding in Medicare and enact Death Panels. These are extreme interpretations fabricated in someones mind and are not based on facts found within the bill. Therefore, division in Obama care mostly came from unproven and unjustified lies that caused this to be a topic where either you were for it or against it, no in between.

Election 2012

Well after much deliberation and nervous anticipation the results of the 2012 presidential election are in. Evey American citizen, if all goes well, is in for another four more years under the administration of President Obama. Depending on your political views this could be great news and for the supporters of  Obama Care (the affordable care act ), this election almost guarantees that over the next four years Obama care will continue to grow and expand and by 2016, will gradually take it’s place as one of the great reformations in U.S. History. Feel free to let me know how you felt about the 2012 election.

Obama care & the Rich

The current Health care reformation bill, or Obama care, has repeatedly been called socialistic. Economist refer to it as yet another way to increase government spending and decrease the likelihood of ever paying off the national debt. The health care bill will inevitably cause raise taxes on those who can afford to maintain private insurance and the wealthy, as well as decrease the cost that patients pay for many medical procedures.

Many ask how this would affect the quality of health care in America. While the goal of the bill was to make quality health care affordable to all American citizens; to some, it seems that the affordable care act will widen the chasm between the health care that the rich receive and the health care that lower income individuals receive. For one, after the health care bill is fully enacted, many doctors plan on moving to a practice where Medicare, Medicaid, and government insurance is not accepted. In fact, many health care professionals fear being under paid because of the deficit they will incur from treating patients who will not pay the full cost for the care they receive. Due to this phenomena, the rich will be able to pick and choose who they will receive healthcare from, while the poor will inevitably end up in the hands of whoever will accept their government funded insurance. Ultimately, the rich will be able to pay for better healthcare, desired health care professionals, doctors, and heath care facilities while lower income families will be under government regulated health care which quite frankly, just might not be up to par.

Obama Care & the Ederly

A big question surrounding the new health care bill is how it will affect the elderly. Some say that it will be beneficial to the elderly because it plans on making prescriptions  (the closing of the donut hole) and other health care procedures more affordable for senior citizens on Medicare, while others believe that the bill will inevitably cost those covered by medicare more money and potentially their lives.

One reason many believe that Obama Care will negatively affect senior citizens is that the bill’s supposed  “closing of the donut hole“, which is meant to help Medicare patients afford more prescription medications, will increase Medicares spending by about $25 billion over ten years. This increased spending will inevitably lead to a cut in government funding on medicare. But Obama insist that this plan will not cut funding towards medicare. He claims that it will instead cut payments to hospitals and other providers. This will ultimately lead to hospitals spending less money on elderly patients in order to compensate for deficit they will be incurring by treating elderly patients.

It is also possible that, under Obama care, hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, and treatment clinics will be paid less for the same number of patients. This could negatively affect health care professionals salaries, not to mention, the quality of care the elderly patients would be receiving. In fact, Health care professionals are responding so negatively to Obama Care that it is estimated that around 74% of doctors say they will stop accepting Medicare patients because of Obama Care. This could leave Medicare patients with fewer doctors to choose from, as well as a possible decrease in the quality of care.

The Positive Take

In previous post I have spent a lot of time analyzing and discussing the negative effects that the Patient Protection and affordable care act could potentially  have on the nation. But in this post I want to analyze the possible positive affects that the affordable care act could have on U.S. citizens.

First off, the act gives those who qualify a way to audit the act and maintain their private insurance, thus it doesn’t technically qualify as socialism, though many continue to label the act as socialistic. But the goals of the act still remains to help make medical care attainable to all American citizens; and those who qualify for coverage regulated by the act will experience a much needed decrease in health care cost. Health care cost will be cut in areas such as co-pays, preventative care, immunizations, contraception, and test/ screenings. This will make things such as mammograms, flu shots, birth control, and regular doctor visitation co-pays  virtually non existent for those under the affordable care act. This could greatly decrease the instances of unplanned pregnancies, the contraction of preventable diseases, and help decrease the mortality rate in serious illnesses such as cancer to all American citizens instead of just those who can afford care.

The affordable care act will also regulate insurance companies. For one, the act will prevent insurance companies from denying people with pre-exsting health conditions coverage. So for people that were born with or developed a condition that prevented them from receiving affordable health care insurance will now be able to receive affordable coverage under this act. The new act will also regulate insurance rates, thus helping prevent unexpected and unjustified spikes in the cost of coverage.

The facts discussed above help highlight the plans of the affordable care act has for our nation and the potentially beneficial affects the new law can have on the American health care system as well as the millions of American citizens that are currently uninsured. And if you happen to believe that health care should be provided to every American citizen, regardless of socio-economic status, then let me know in the poll.

Goals of Obama Care

After our in class discussion on Obama Care and who was affected by the ramifications of the new health care law I was inspired to write this blog post on the goals of Obama care. For one the main goal of Obama care is to make health care and health insurance attainable to all American citizens. And though this may sound socialistic; Obama care actually plans on giving more federal funding to states  so that the states can provide Medicaid and Medicare to more low income families. Thus Medicaid will not be entirely controlled by the central government. The Affordable Care Act also plans on providing access to insurance for Americans with pre-existing health conditions by establishing a program, which by 2014 will prohibit all discrimination against pre-existing health conditions. With the current health care plan in America insurance companies have the liberty to deny people health care coverage due to pre-existing health care conditions. Prohibiting this practice will essentially make it easier for both children and adults with pre-existing health conditions apply for and attain medical coverage which will principally make medical care more affordable to individuals in this predicament

The Affordable Care Act also plans on providing free preventive care. For things such as mammograms, colonoscopies, and immunizations individuals should not be charged. This means there will be no co-pays and insurance companies cannot charge deductibles. And while this sound harmeless, the reality is that someone still has to pay for these procedures. In fact, those that don’t buy government approved insurance could possibly face higher taxes and fees to compensate for lower income individuals under the Affordable Care Act.

Resources:

http://www.healthcare.gov/law/timeline/

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq-aca.html#.UId7n4bNksk