President Obama signed the bill last year, and after a whole year attitudes towards it have not changed. A recent poll reveals that 59 percent of Americans are opposed to it, roughly every 4 out of 10 adults. The main complaint is that it did not go far enough, as in providing Universal care for everyone. On the opposing side, about 1 in 5 adults say they are against the new law because the government should not get involved in health care.
The law expects to be fully phased in by the year 2019. But 20 million or so Americans would still be uninsured. While the new law moves away from denial of coverage for the poor, it is liable to be more expensive.
The Commonwealth fund, a long time advocate of health care reform reports that 9 million Americans, that’s 57 percent of the workforce that lost their jobs in the last two years could not afford to regain health insurance. Laid off workers are allowed to remain on their former employer’s health insurance plan through COBRA but because they would pay their share plus the former employer’s it is an expensive option to take.
Another problem with the new law is the pre-existing condition clause. Between 2007 and 2010, 19 million Americans who tried to buy coverage in the individual market did not qualify because of a prior health condition, or they couldn’t find a plan that was suitable for them that they could afford. The new law is not in effect until 2014, which means there is nothing to prevent health insurers from discriminating against pre-existing conditions in the meantime.
Overall most Americans do want a change to some degree. An AP poll surveyed by Stanford University reported that only 25 percent said that moderate adjustments to health care would be sufficient. That 75 percent remaining represents a challenge for the Republicans who wish to defeat the Obama administration.