Also known as Obamacare, the ACA is neither perfect nor as flawed as the many Republican leaders believe. Much more can be done to make health insurance affordable and accessible to all Americans. But getting rid of Obamacare would be a step backward.
The Affordable Care Act has helped millions of Americans get health care, thanks in a large part to the expansion of
By last February after the last open enrollment closed, the number of uninsured Washingtonians had been cut in half by the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Other states are reporting similar successes and people have been signing up in record numbers this fall. The work isn't finished, but clearly much headway has been made.
The people who have insurance now are not going to want to give it up, nor should they have to.
A 2015 report from
The tax-credit section of the law should be changed to make insurance more affordable for middle-class families, who are finding their choices on the exchange are still not affordable.
The working poor have health insurance thanks to Obamacare."
Some families say it's much cheaper to pay the federal penalty than buy insurance. So they continue to take a chance on not needing health care. American families should not have to make that choice.
The states that have not accepted the
Other reasons the Affordable Care Act should be retained include the popular provision allowing young people to stay on their parent's insurance through age 26, and the rules prohibiting insurance companies to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions.
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There's room for improvement that could work well both for the citizens and the government.
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