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Pros and Cons of Obamacare (Grades 11-12)

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Pros and Cons of Obamacare

Pros and Cons of Obamacare

Few political issues have raised as much controversy as the question of Obamacare, or, as it is officially known, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. From its very inception, the act has created debate and argument on both sides. The majority of these arguments have been valid, reasonable, and supported by statistics. In part, this is due to the fact that the act is so incredibly complicated that virtually any group can pick and choose the facts that will support their specific stance.

The purpose of Obamacare is fairly straightforward: to ensure all Americans have access to affordable health insurance by offering consumer discounts on government-sponsored health insurance plans, and expanding federal government assistance to a wider group of earners. The Act was additionally designed to reduce overall health care costs in this country, a significant financial burden for many people. Preventive services were to be performed at no cost. In addition, most people could no longer be denied coverage for any pre-existing conditions. Few, if any, citizens would deny that these are noble aspirations.

However, the plan has been riddled with glitches from the beginning. Millions of people have lost their company-sponsored health care plans. A number of businesses simply could not financially meet the new insurance requirements. People who do not comply with Obamacare may find themselves fined when tax time rolls around in the spring. Yet, the web sites established to help them file the proper papers have continuously crashed or been inaccessible. Finally, in order to fund a project of this size, tax rates have been raised on millions of moderately wealthy families throughout the country.
1. 
What two things about Obamacare is this passage comparing?
  1. The amount of money different economic brackets will have to pay
  2. The reasons why the Act is so controversial among people
  3. The objections different groups have to the implementation of the Act
  4. The causes of online sites not assisting consumers as they were designed to do
2. 
Which statement about Obamacare is the most accurate?
  1. It is dividing the country into those who support and those who reject the Act.
  2. It was established to help uninsured people, but has resulted in complications.
  3. It will end up shutting down countless insurance companies who refuse to comply.
  4. It will eliminate the need for preventive health care for most low income consumers.
3. 
What would be a primary reason a person would object to Obamacare?
  1. He/she is healthy and doesn’t need health insurance.
  2. He/she did not vote for President Obama in the first place.
  3. He/she had government-sponsored health care insurance already.
  4. He/she owned a small business that could not meet the Act’s requirements.
4. 
While there have been a number of arguments for and against the Act, the majority of them are based on myth and misinformation.
  1. True
  2. False
5. 
Taxpayers are expected to comply with the Act or otherwise, at tax time, they can be                 .
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