Before taking the Health Reform quiz, I assumed I would only get 2-3 correct out of the 10 questions because the PPACA seems like a very intricate overhaul of our healthcare system. However, I know the basics of the act and the questions in the quiz were pretty straightforward–I got 9 out of 10 correct by asking myself: does this answer match up with the goal of Obamacare? Which, in my opinion, is to give people easier access to healthcare.
One thing that pleasantly surprised me about the act is it: “Require[s] chain restaurants and food sold from vending machines to disclose the nutritional content of each item.” I was so excited to read that this would be a new regulation–fast food restaurants and chain restaurants are big contributors to the obesity epidemic in America. After reading more into this, it is clear that there are some major problems that may arise from this regulation. The FDA plays a big role in carrying out the regulations that the act lays out and it will be interesting to see what regulations will be carried out. The new menus mandated by Obamacare will cost an estimated $42 million per year, and the initial mean cost of complying with the proposed regulations is $315.1 million. In addition, according to an article written by the National Center for Policy Analysis, “the unnecessarily burdensome menu labeling rule is going to impose a billion dollar burden on retailers. In an industry operating on a 1 percent profit margin, this financial load will mean the loss of jobs and an unnecessary increase to consumers’ grocery bill.” In order to remain successful, these restaurants are going to have to start offering healthier products. However, it will be interesting to see if consumers eat less Big Macs or if they begin to demand healthier products. All in all, I think this reform is necessary. Instead of restaurants selling cheap, highly unhealthy products, they will most likely start to slowly sell healthier products. I’m sure McDonald’s will continue to make a killing with their Big Mac but this regulation is a good start to ending obesity in America.