Affordable Care Act attempts too many changes at once

Opinions Columnist | Mass communication senior

The Affordable Care Act is not an efficient system and violates certain Americans’ liberties in the process.

The recently passed and wildly controversial Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, reformed American institutions of private and public health insurance completely. Goals of this act include improving the quality of healthcare and lowering its costs, guaranteeing protection for those with pre-existing conditions and making the health insurance marketplace easier to navigate. These are all noble causes, and it is difficult to argue against such objectives without sounding like an ass, but there are still some problems with the act.

Obama is, of course, all about change. Throughout the course of his term, I have wondered when exactly he was going to get the word “change” out of his mouth and actually turn it into something useful. He has finally pulled through. He managed to throw the dynamite of change right into the unmoving brick wall of the GOP and blow them up, where they currently sit and pout. Unfortunately, Obama has implemented too much change at once.

The act is comprised of hundreds of pages detailing the various changes being made to the current system. It is overwhelming and confusing to navigate. The act has a lot of information that is easy to get lost in, despite the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website explaining the various modifications in plain English. Each revision to the system beams with happy sunshine promises of affordable health care for all when explained from a liberal perspective. However, with such a massive shift in such a short a time, there are bound to be problems.

So many drastic alterations are being made in different areas at once, and it will be more difficult to fix the problems that arise. A better plan would have been to push for smaller clumps of change over a longer period of time. Imagine, for example, that there was a health insurance cake. This cake tasted okay and got the job done, but it did not fill everyone up and could definitely taste better. Obama decided to bake a shiny new Obamacare cake. Realistically, he should have replaced one ingredient at a time, so that if any problems arose it would be easier to locate the source. Unfortunately, Chef Obama has created a strange towering mess of a cake with too much sugar—tasty, but how will he know which ingredients were wrong when issues arise?

Additionally, anybody who does not want cake should not be forced to eat it. One important provision of the Affordable Care Act requires everybody to acquire health insurance, or they will be fined. A few exemptions are those who would have to pay more than 8 percent of their income for insurance, or those below the poverty line, according to the law. I appreciate that the act allows for a small exemption, but ultimately, it is ridiculous to force somebody to pay for a service. Anybody who does not want to have health insurance or who cannot afford it should not have to pay a fine to support the very system they do not wish to partake in. If I do not want to eat any cake, I am sure as hell am not going to pay for somebody else to have a slice.

Many of the changes implemented by Obamacare are admirable, but Obama was too ambitious. He may be excited to leave a legacy of delicious cake, but not everybody is going to be on board. Those who do not want a slice should be left alone.