Of Note:President Obama’s signature law has never achieved the level of popular support that he would have hoped. According to the RealClearPolitics average
of the law’s approval, only 38.7 percent of Americans currently support the
law, while 51.1 percent oppose it.
The ACA bumpy roll out hasn’t helped either.
The administration estimated that as many as 93 million Americans who
were covered by old health insurance policies that did not conform
to the ACA’s coverage requirements would face the cancellation for their
plans. The employer mandate to provide health insurance to employees
has been postponed, and then postponed again. The federal health insurance exchange website — Healthcare.gov — experienced major problems at its launch. Some of the state exchanges have not fared better, as Oregon was forced to scrap its website, while Maryland had to completely rebuild theirs.
The ACA’s defenders point out that not everything has gone poorly and that there are many success stories out there. The Los Angeles Times reported:
"Judith Silverstein, 49, a Californian who was diagnosed with multiple
sclerosis in 2007. Her family helps her pay the $750 monthly cost of
her existing plan--which she only had because of federal law requiring
that insurers who provide employer-based insurance continue to offer
coverage if the employer goes out of business, as hers did. Next year
she'll get a subsidy that will get her a good "silver" level plan for
For Silverstein that coverage is indispensable. Her case is
relatively mild, but MS is a progressive condition that typically has
made its sufferers pariahs of the individual insurance market in the
past. "I researched the options," she says. "Nobody's going to sell you
insurance in the individual market if you have MS." But these customers
can't be excluded or saddled with big premium markups any more."
Sponsoring Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) Press Release
CBO Cost Estimate
American Thinker (In Favor)
Statement of Administration Policy by the White House (In Opposition)
The Daily Beast
RealClearPolitics Poll Average
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