Prior to engaging in this discussion, be sure to read Chapters 4 and 5 from the textbook and review the information included in the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” detailed summary, the information provided on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, and any relevant Instructor Guidance.
Presently, the United States is a fragmented system that offers a misdistribution of “haves” and “have nots” which impact the cost of delivering health care. The United States is currently a nation of overinsured, underinsured, and uninsured people. In light of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), how do you see these issues being corrected so that a majority of the population has access to quality health care? In an initial post of 250-300 words, communicate the relevant aspects of the ACA that will impact these issues. Analyze and describe how the role of public policy will affect changes in this distribution. Evaluate and explain some of the social-cultural issues that might present potential problems as this plays out across the country. What implications associated with the ACA might lead to a paradigm shift in the ways in which we view access to health care?