Publication Date

Fall 2009


Helms School of Government


Government: Politics and Policy


On July 14, 2009, the bill H.R. 3200 America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 was introduced on the floor of the House of Representatives. This bill proposes legislation that President Obama and its supporters promise will improve the health care system in the United States. The opponents of the bill, however, believe that H.R. 3200 will negatively impact the quality of America‟s health care. The bill drastically increases government involvement in the health care process, introduces a public option, which will eventually lead to a single-payer system and proposes regulating the wages of physicians in effort to minimize health care costs. If a government-run health care system is implemented by H.R. 3200, health care quality will be lowered and medical care will inevitably be rationed.