Health Care Reform
Lakesha A. Morris
September 3, 2013
Health Care Reform
Major efforts for health care reform began in February 2009 with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Congress and the President worked together on an economic stimulus package that included a down payment on health care reform. The down payment included $20 billion for the execution of electronic health records and $1.1 billion for the expansion of reasonable effectiveness research, as well as an increase in funds to expand and upgrade the nursing workforce and nursing. It has also done its part to inhibit the cost of health care in the long run. In this paper, the topics of concern will be health care reform and cost control, Medicare and Medicaid expansion, how current changes can influence the utilization of health care, as well as, my experiences with the health care expansion. (Voight, 2010).
The wide-ranging health care reform was enacted, when President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in early 2010, and even though it has already been signed into law, disputes over its design and intended effects had not decreased. Many people feel that the ACA focuses mainly on the coverage and little on the cost control of health care, but prognoses suggest that with reform, total health care expenses as a percentage of the gross domestic product will be 0.5% lower in 2030 than they would otherwise have been. It is also determined that the ACA the federal budget deficit by approximately $100 billion over the first decade. Some of the cost controls of the ACA is to reduce or exclude unnecessary cost to the system, including fraud and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which will return an estimate of about $17 in reduced spending for every dollar invested, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The ACA will also reduce redundant paperwork and create constant electronic standards and operating rules...