Is the Affordable Care Act helping the U.S.? Was the previous healthcare system better?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is no objective answer to this question.  Different people have different views on how to define “helping the US” and how to define “better” when it comes to healthcare systems.  For most people, opinions on Obamacare are driven largely by whether they are liberal or conservative.  I will try to give arguments for both sides and let you make up your own mind.

The people who say that Obamacare is helping say so mainly because it has increased the number of people in the country who have health insurance.  In this view, it is shameful for a rich country like the US to have a large number of people who cannot afford health insurance.  Obamacare has, without question, decreased this number, thus making our country a fairer place and one where it is easier for people who are not rich to get by.

The people who dislike Obamacare generally say that it hurts the overall economy and that it takes away people’s freedom.  They say that Obamacare hurts the economy by making employers pay more for their workers’ health insurance.  They say it hurts the economy by making it harder for people to find work.  They say that it takes away people’s freedom by forcing them to get insurance.  They also say that it would be better to let the market decide how to provide health insurance to more people.

These are some of the major arguments for and against Obamacare.  Which one makes more sense to you?