The Future of the Affordable Care Act

Will We Abandon Health Care Reform?

Deborah B. Gardner

Disclosures

Nurs Econ. 2012;30(1):40-41, 49. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Introduction

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been at the center of a political storm since inception, but we must not give into fatigue. There are ongoing as well as new obstacles facing the implementation of the health care bill. For instance, opponents of the ACA have filed legal challenges and the Supreme Court may rule the individual mandate, in addition to other pieces of the legislation, unconstitutional. In light of the bill's uncertainty, the states have been hesitant to set up exchanges. The House of Representatives has voted to repeal the ACA and the already compromised funding necessary to administer it remains in jeopardy. In short, the obstacles appear to be expanding. Given this situation, it would appear easier to just give up and not push Congressional Representatives to continue the fight against this onslaught. However, with the need so great, and with so much effort having been put forth by so many people, it would be a shame to give up now. Nurses need to continue to educate themselves about the ACA and the issues it is designed to address. It is my hope that by reviewing some of the legislation's key areas for change that it will re-energize and reinforce the idea that as the battle rages on for reform, nurses must be involved to help sustain the positive momentum sparked by this new legislation.

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