The comprehensive health care reform law enacted in March 2010 (sometimes known as ACA, PPACA, or “Obamacare”) has three primary goals:
- Make affordable health insurance available to more people. The law provides consumers with subsidies (“premium tax credits”) that lower costs for households with incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level.
- Expand the Medicaid program to cover all adults with income below 138% of the federal poverty level. (Not all states have expanded their Medicaid programs.)
- Support innovative medical care delivery methods designed to lower the costs of health care generally.
- With goals like that, how can you not support it? Yet, as we see, and all well know, its popularity is trends high or low along the dominant party lines.
Partisanship is a real issue and further unmasks our disingenuousness. If a republican had authored the bill, it is possible the approval ratings would be different, and we have Kentucky and Massachusetts as prime examples and case studies.
I stand with the rare ever-shrinking group of independents that support the law but understand or believe it could be better and be a bill that would have broad approval by most citizens if the dominant parties were not plagued by partisanship. We also understand because of partisanship; the law will never reach its full potential.
Stop the insincere banter. Support the comprehensive health care reform law enacted in March 2010. Let your elected official know that you want a bill for the people and doesn’t break the bank of well to do citizens.