Obamacare will impact us, but how
It was March 23, 2011. President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, as some call it, or Obamacare, as it is called by others, into law. 67% of uninsured people making less than $40,000 a year don’t understand how the law will affect them, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study. Neither do more than half of all Americans. Now that we’ve marked the third anniversary of the signing of the measure, things are going to have to start happening fast.
Enrollment starts October 1. Coverage takes effect January 1 of 2014. The law mandates that most people have health insurance and there could be penalties for some who don’t. 27 states, including Texas, have opted out of creating their own statewide health insurance exchanges. Lucy Nashed, spokeswoman for Governor Rick Perry, told Fox News that “Texas is not interested in being a subcontractor to Obamacare.” Governor Perry so far remains opposed to mandates in the law.
Political consultant Chris Begala points out many shortcomings of Obamacare, including that we still don’t know everything that’s in the bill. He says we’re still learning about the implications of how it will impact patient/doctor relationships. And we are only now finding more and more of the incendiary issues in the measure, including a 2% tax on all workers.
Among the details that still have to be determined: insurance exchanges, how they will function, who will operate them, and what will they charge? Once fully implemented, how will Obamacare affect Medicaid and Medicare? How will businesses be affected? How will the American people be educated on all these changes affecting one of the most important aspects of their lives – health care?