The full name of Obama’s new universal health care initiative is The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It became law on 23 March 2010 and was upheld by the Supreme Court on
28 June 2012.
It was off to a good start with mostly Democrats singing its praise and lauding the victory of passage over their Republican colleagues. That is until the original dust storm settled and everyone got a chance to see just what was in it just as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “You have to pass the bill to see what is in it.”
Representative Pelosi was prophetic in her remarks. Obama Care in all its splendor was laid bare for all to see. All 11,000 or so pages of the bill itself and the accompanying regulations. Everybody had a field day talking about the new law. Those in favor of it trumpeted all of the benefits: cheaper rates; you can’t be denied insurance because of a preexisting condition; Senior citizens will enjoy a cap on how much they can be charged for a health policy; you can keep your doctor if you like your doctor; you can keep your own health plan if you like it; parents could keep their children on their health policy until they were 26 years of age.
Some of the details of the law are far more pertinent than others for consumers. Put simply, you need to be insured or face a penalty starting in 2015. You can’t be denied insurance or face a wait to get it because you have a pre-existing condition and if you’re a senior citizen, there will be a cap on how much more you can be charged for health insurance than a young person. Other popular provisions were included.
Or so it seemed.
But, something happened along the way.
Open enrollment was to begin on 1 October 2013 with other provisions becoming effective in 2014 and beyond.
SCOTUS has set New Limits on Federal Authority Regarding The Affordable Healthcare Act.
As of May 2017, The Affordable Health Care Act (Obsmssre) is under critical review by Congress.
June 2017, The House of Representatives passed a new health care initiative and it has been sent to the Senate.
July 15, 2017: The Senate is still studying the new House of Representatives’ bill but so far they have taken no action. Some optimistic reports say there could be a vote next week. Any vote is expected to be very close. Either way.