In 2009 there were 50.7 million people, 16.7% of the population, without health insurance. Americans all over the country are working and yet they still can’t afford to pay the high cost of health insurance for themselves and their families. Under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which was signed by Obama on March 23, 2010, thirty two million Americans who were previously not eligible for Medicaid may now have the opportunity to be covered. If this act is passed in North Carolina then it will be expanded to cover nearly all of the 1.5 million North Carolinians who are without health insurance. If more Americans are covered under the Medicaid that they need then …show more content…
But what would cause the shortage of healthcare professionals? How do we know they will pass the fees onto consumers? Both of these things are just predictions. If Medicaid is expanded under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 then millions of Americans all over the country who do not qualify for Medicaid may be eligible for a more affordable health insurance plan. Expanding Medicaid is the right choice in the end because more Americans can be covered and it will save millions of dollars in the long run. Expanding Medicaid gives families the security they need and important benefits.
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