Yes, I believe it is here to stay. The law passed in both the Senate and Congress and the Supreme Court upheld it.
Having said that most people who have a job will continue to get insurance through their employer.
Personally speaking it has not effected me or anyone in my circle. The hardship however is for people who are unemployed, self-employed, or do not work for a company which offers health insurance as a benefit.
People resent being (forced by the government) to get insurance or anything for that matter! In California I remember the fight over being forced to have auto insurance, wear seat belts, and also a helmet when riding a motorcycle.
Banning smoking in all public buildings including restaurants and nightclubs was seen as government over-reach. Several years ago when the government added fluoride to drinking water that upset a lot of folks! However after awhile all these laws became a way of life.
When FDR pushed for Social Security and Medicare a lot of people were angry about having money taken out of their payroll checks against their will. Today Social Security and Medicare are considered "sacred cows". No presidential candidate could get elected if one of his/her goals were to abolish either of them. Projections for 2016 indicate Obamacare will have at least 22 million signed up. The more people who have it the more difficult it will become to eliminate it. Overtime it will become the "norm" just like Social Security.
I think there will be riots if the government tries to get rid of it. If Republicans get into power, I expect they'll water Obamacare down to avoid the backlash; make it less `socialist', rename it, and try to take credit for whatever benefits remain. So it will last, but not in the same form.
I thank God for Obamacare I haven't had health insurance in years and am getting older. Obamacare made it possible for me to see a doctor this year.
That's great Reginald. I think the richer folk try to forget there are people in your situation out there. Either that or they just don't care.
dashingscorpio said it best already, but it's so contested now because its still so new. I remember watching a video about people protesting the Vietnam memorial in Washington, saying it would be a disgusting scar on the nation's capital. Any time something new comes around some groups of people will violently oppose it. Obamacare will become part of the norm and this whole debate will fade away.
Obamacare will die a violent death once the individuals who have signed up for it realize that it will not cover the necessary medical support that they require. It is an ill conceived partisan attempt to maintain the democrat welfare slavery system that purportedly is supposed to help the poor. But like all welfare efforts, it just opens more doors to fraud. And, just like the current VA fiasco, it will shortly be turned around to be outsourced to the commercial companies that can actually provide a straight forward quality effort for those willing to work for it.
If you purchased the best policy, it covers everything. If you purchased the cheapest policy, it covers less. That is the way insurance has always worked. I previously had a group policy when I was working. It was great. I lost the job and coverage.
Obamacare will be with us for years to come. The plan will be amended and the official name may be changed but it is going to be Obamacare and I am one person who is glad that it is here.
When I lost my job of 22 years, I had one year of COBRA benefits. I could not convert to a private policy because the insurance company did not write individual policies in my state.
I had an unusual year from a health standpoint. I incurred $19,000 in out-of-pocket expenses. I had a $30,000 hospital bill. The hospital forgave the bill. I borrow from my annuity to pay back the money I took from my line of credit to pay the medical bills. Today, I have the best coverage the plan offered. I got a good tax break, but I pay more than $700 per month to cover my wife and me. I was denied insurance prior to Obamacare because of my age and prior health conditions. Obamacare prevents that. Insurance companies can only double the rates for my age bracket instead of increasing it six-fold and prior conditions cannot be considered. The bill is not perfect, but it was a life saver for me.
Trust me, I am not the only person benefiting. Obamacare is going to be around for a long time.
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