Repealing the Affordable Care Act
America’s Moral Test
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The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
—Hubert H. Humphrey
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of America’s most historic pieces of legislation, benefiting the most vulnerable members of our society. The facts stand that the ACA brought health insurance to 20 million more Americans and improved coverage for everyone by requiring that plans include certain fundamental healthcare services, such as preventive and mental health care.1 Although Americans still feel the financial sting of high overall healthcare costs, the ACA kept average premium increases from growing, breaking from the dramatic upward trend of the early 2000s.2 Moreover, the ACA took a large step forward in moving our health system from rewarding volume to rewarding value—a topic that Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes (CQO) will focus on in the next several years.3 By all these measures, the law represents substantial progress in the health of our …