Obamacare, Liberty and Reality
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The paper addresses the debate surrounding the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, over whether mandatory health coverage is constitutional. The paper explains that many Americans believe that allowing the government to mandate citizens to carry health insurance infringes upon the liberties afforded by the U.S. Constitution and is a form of socialized medicine. This author, however, argues that mandatory health coverage is a much-needed blessing in a time when millions of Americans are uninsured, and rely on mediocre free and low-income clinics. The author contends that a lack of health coverage is more of a death sentence than socialized medicine could ever be, and if the government claims to care about its citizens, it should shoulder responsibility for the equal healthcare opportunities of those citizens. In conclusion, this author postulates that Obamacare does not aim to take liberty away from the American people; rather, it aims to restore equality to a system guilty of catering to the "haves" while exhibiting blatant indifference toward the "have-nots.
From the Paper:"Liberty, the foundation on which the United States rests, entails many freedoms and many interpretations. In recent political arenas, liberty is a major source of debate. Americans want their freedoms and are willing to fight for them, even if their rationale fails to consider both sides of the matter. The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, has launched many debates over whether mandatory health coverage is constitutional. Many Americans believe that allowing the government to mandate citizens to carry health insurance infringes upon the liberties afforded by the U.S. Constitution. However, there are those of us who believe mandatory health coverage is a much-needed blessing in a time when millions of Americans are uninsured. What good is liberty without proper healthcare?
"The Supreme Court has a tough decision to make. Striking down Obamacare carries ramifications that will affect the future of hopeful uninsured Americans and will leave necessary changes in the health insurance industry from becoming a reality. Approving the Affordable Care Act could erode public trust of the Supreme Court. Whatever the Justices' final vote, negative consequences exist, and those on either side of the debate will continue complaining that there are not enough liberties afforded by our government (Gergen, 2012)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Gergen, David. (2012). Supreme Court in a no-win position on Obamacare? CNN.com. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/12/opinion/gergen-supreme-court/index.html
- Larochelle, M. (2012). Think ObamaCare will save lives? Think again. Human Events, 68(12), 12.
- Woodward, C. (2010). Republicans take aim at "Obamacare". CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal = Journal De L'association Medicale Canadienne, 182(18), 1948-1950.
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