Obamacare Four Years On: Down But Not Out

Proponents are still optimistic, but it's a far cry from the joy that accompanied its passing.

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As President Obama signed up for coverage under the health care law that represents his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act was going through some tough times.  With approval ratings hitting new lows and a key deadline for enrollment being pushed back, 2013 came crashing to an end.

Of course, getting this far wasn’t easy.  TIME looked back at the four years since the Senate passed the bill on Christmas Eve 2009, including repeal bills and threats of lawsuits before the law was even passed.

A far cry from the cheers that accompanied its passing in both houses, Republicans are now threatening to use the law as a cudgel to beat Democrats in the 2014 elections, and one Democrat in particular is fearful it may work.

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haroldlewisblair
haroldlewisblair

Obama did NOT signup for OBAMACARE because he has an invalid SSN--his SSN fails the government E-VERIFY program that it uses to validate SSN's- you see Obama's real SSN probably is tied into crimes of his past when his name was Barry Soetoro-and he now uses a SSN of somebody who died in 1890-(Harrison Bounel) to make out his income-tax with-and as we speak a lawsuit is being litigated in California against Obama's fraudulent SSN that he uses-so did you read one word about this in the papers (or TV)? it's because we have a controlled news-media in America that feeds us only what they want us to know- Stalin & Hitler did the same thing- Bottom line is that Obama is the biggest FRAUD in history who is controlled by the people who spent millions to hide his past history-

barneydidit
barneydidit

Democrats in both the House and Senate that "cheered" at the passage of the ACA probably thought Republicans would now start working with them in an effort to see that the law worked to the best of its ability...or at least accept the passing of the law as a moderate step in the right direction...or at least not stand directly in the way of implementation of the law at every opportunity...or at least not attempt to repeal it 30 times at the expense of passing jobs bills.  Foolish Democrats. 

jdhcon
jdhcon

@haroldlewisblair I know that you are well informed however Social Security did not exist in 1890 so how did Harrison Bounel get his SSN?


BruceS78
BruceS78

@SallySnyder This a very bad analysis of the health-care cost situation.  The analysis implies the the Affordable Healthcare Act increased the number of healthcare workers since 2003.  That is hardly the reason.  Think about our population trends overs the past 10 years.  We have an aging population which will continue to age for at least the next 10 years. All of the baby boomers are at or approaching 65.  We have a generally overweight population and our average weight is still increasing.  Both situations create more sick people.  So, given these 2 trends how could anyone think that then number of healthcare workers in the United States won't increase.  The whole analysis at the Viableopposition blog is based on some very poor assumptions.