Three years ago on March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordability Act (Obamacare) was signed into law. With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 28, 2012 that the individual mandate is constitutional under Congress’ power to tax and the November 6 election results, the law is in effect. It is noteworthy that 52 percent of Americans would still like to see the law repealed and replaced. There is no question that affordable, accessible, quality care is the key goal for everyone.
Eleven days before the bill was passed, then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made her famous statement “We have to pass this bill so we can find out what’s in it.” The American people are now finding out what is in it. Between now and 2014, many Americans and employers are going to be shocked by what this law means for their future health care. The question is: what can be done to reduce the impact of Obamacare between now and January 2017? I decided that it would be useful to present the myths and realities of the law in a format that all Americans could understand.
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MYTHS AND REALITIES
Universal CoverageMyth 1: Obamacare will achieve universal coverage.
Reality: According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), there will still be 30 million uninsured in 2016. This is even after adding 12 million people to the Medicaid program and 18 million who will receive subsidies from the federal government.
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