Discussion: Politics of Health Legislation

Discussion: Politics of Health Legislation

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Respond to your colleagues* by expanding on their explanation and providing an example to back it up, or by respectfully challenging their explanation and providing an example.

– I’d like to respond to a post made by a classmate in response to my discussion. Could you please assist me with this? It is also critical to include three references. Thank you so much!

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My contribution to Discussion # 3

Beltran, Lenick Bermudez

RE: Week 3 Discussion

Discussion Politics of Health Legislation
Discussion Politics of Health Legislation


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Politics

Divided politics and polarization have made it difficult for American leaders to reconsider the much-anticipated healthcare reforms. Some argue that the current Affordable Care Act-mandated affordable healthcare program is cost-effective. According to a cost-benefit analysis, for a program to be economically viable, the benefits must outweigh the costs of implementation (Milstead & Short, 2019). Because the Act allows most citizens to access healthcare services, repealing it may cause legislators to lose political support.

Some political leaders are concerned that if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, many people will lose their insurance coverage (Hagan et al., 2017). There is also concern that repealing the Act will result in a massive loss of jobs and a reduction in the number of people who have access to insurance coverage. For example, if the Act is repealed, many people who obtained insurance through the Affordable Care Act will automatically lose it. Millions of low-income earners who were previously covered by Medicaid will lose their coverage, leaving many Americans uninsured. This will have an impact on their ability to obtain and afford healthcare services.

According to Feldstein, it is unlikely that politicians will support repealing the Affordable Care Act. This is because, based on a cost-

Discussion Politics of Health Legislation
Discussion Politics of Health Legislation

benefit analysis, politicians are more likely to support a legislative agender that is more beneficial to them (Feldstein, 2006). On this basis, they are unlikely to repeal the Affordable Care Act because doing so would be detrimental to Americans. This is reflected in the fact that, despite President Trump’s efforts to repeal the Act, he has not been successful. For example, even when the republics were in control of Congress, they were unable to secure the necessary votes to repeal the law. In this case, the coat benefits (political support) outweigh the cost (losing political support). As a result, they are unlikely to support the repeal.


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J. A. Milstead and N. M. Short (2019). A Nurse’s Guide to Health Policy and Politics (6th ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning, Burlington, MA.

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My classmate’s response to my post:

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Torres, Liliana


Hello, Lenick.

The fact that repealing the Affordable Care Act will result in many people losing insurance is concerning. Up to 21 million people in the United States will be uninsured (Abelson, Goodnough & Pear, 2019). Furthermore, Abelson, Goodnough, and Pear state that “without the A.C.A, the cost of care for people who cannot afford it could rise by up to $50.2 billion…Hospitals and other medical providers will suffer losses” (2019). As a result, one of the goals of the Affordable Care Act was to promote primary care and preventative care, which would reduce emergency department visits or worsening chronic illnesses. According to Araujo’s Average Health Care Costs and Ways to Save, “health care spending is projected to grow at an annual rate of 5.5 percent between 2018 and 2027.” (2019). If the Affordable Care Act is repealed and an uninsured person visits the emergency room without paying their bill, there will be a financial loss in health care. “Once a patient declared bankruptcy [due to medical bills], the hospital was required to declare a loss on any unpaid treatment” (Amadeo, 2019). Furthermore, Amadeo concludes in her article that “Obamacare reduced the number of bankruptcy filings” (2019), which benefits the economy and Americans.


R. Abelson, A. Goodnough, and R. Pear (2019). What happens if Obamacare is overturned? The Times of New York. Retrieved from

K. Amadeo (2019). Obamacare Advantages-What you will and will not lose if Obamacare is repealed. Retrieved from

M. Araujo (2019). Average health-care costs and methods for saving- Prepare by learning what you might have to pay. Retrieved from

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