The topic of the Affordable Health Care Act has been in great debate for many years. On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, putting in place comprehensive reforms that improve access to affordable health coverage for everyone and protect consumers from abusive insurance company practices. The law allows all Americans to make health insurance choices that work for them while guaranteeing access to care for our most vulnerable, and provides new ways to bring down costs and improve quality of care.
Many other Presidents has attempt to pass a universal health care bill that will cover all or a significant number of Americans. After reviewing several articles, blogs, podcasts, and videos, I’ve gain a new understanding of this recently passed law. However, I can equally argue that the information received by these media methods can be misleading, completely inaccurate, or bluntly bias depending on the validity of comments made by the particular source. The actual document is over 974 pages of legal jargon that is quite confusing by the vast majority of Americans. Law professionals and elected officials also has difficulty agreeing to the basic principle and legitimately this Act. The blogs, podcasts, and videos that I used to create this paper attempts to provide clarity about myths and addresses potential loop-holes in the law hinder the mandate from being achieved. The feedback regarding the portion of the law refers to the employee’s obligations defers from each of these media method based on the sources provided.
To begin, no one can really argue that fact that our nation is in desperate need of health care intervention. Millions of Americans suffer from a variety of health issues that has placed a significant burden on our economy with not relief in sight. One of several myths were discussed in a podcast with Brian Sullivan, is a seasoned professional in the employee benefits and health care industry for more than 25 years. He discussed The Affordable Care Act which includes a variety of measures specifically for small businesses that help lower premium cost growth and increase access to quality, affordable health insurance.
Depending on whether you are self-employed, an employer with fewer than 25 employees, an employer with fewer than 50 employees, or an employer with 50 or more employees, different provisions of the Affordable Care Act may apply to everyone in different ways. He referenced the myth about fines involved with the PPACA provision that small businesses will be fined if they do not provide health insurance for employees. His personal position was that this was not the best course of action to take to improve our overall health issues. He used the analogy that our health care is like a raging failing health river.
Due to an individual’s ability to properly maintain good health, they can jump in any time confidently knowing that help is at the bottom. He insist that the government provides a safety guy to rescue anyone that jump into the failing health river. If everyone is allowed to jump in, then eventually their will not be enough safety guys to save them all. The point that he was trying to make was that society should focus more on preventing the need to jump in the river in the first place. He suggest that the law does not promote prevention.
The blogs provides an individual reader with a more personal translation of the law. Bloggers have a tendency to be totally bias with their opinions and often has no regards to their reader’s position on the subject. Although there are many professional blog sites that offer a more educated stance on their position, they are still committed to their opinions. The White House Blog page was designed to allow businessmen and women the opportunity to have their voice heard in regards to the new Supreme Court endorsed law. Businesses addressed their concerns about potential fines being assessed on their businesses if they do not comply with this law.
Their two major recent concerns were simplifying the reporting process and giving businesses more time to comply. The White House Blog responded by provided a more detail explanation of the law as well as aggressively addressing their concerns. For example, the application process that consisted of 21 pages of was reduced to only 3. Additionally, if you are a small business with less than 50 workers, the law’s employer shared responsibility policies will not apply to all. Instead, they will be able to gain access to the Small Business Health Options Program that gives them the purchasing power of large businesses.
They may be eligible for a tax credit that covers up to half the cost of insurance if they offer quality coverage to their employees. If they have more than 50 workers that already offered full-time workers affordable, quality coverage, they will work with individuals to keep that coverage affordable. Lastly, they have provided as much flexibility and transition time as possible for business to move to providing affordable, quality coverage to their workers.
The last method is the most influential by far. The videos or new media has covered this topic exclusively from its birth in 2010. Networks such as FOX and MSNBC have reviewed he law and highlighted what they felt were meaningful pros and cons. Although news networks are supposed to remain neutral in regards to reporting, they too have established a degree of favoritism towards or against the new law. The FOX network has publically displayed its dislike of the new law and focuses on anything negative to persuade its supporters to protest and push lawmakers to over-turn their decision.
In conclusion, blogs, podcasts, and videos are powerful and influential tools used to persuade or intimidate people in society on a daily basis. Individuals will always choose sides and make comments to support their position on a particular topic. There are several factors to consider when evaluating these methods; the validity of the information provided, the legitimately of the source; and the relevancy of the subject. Myths must always be clarified whenever possible. References
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