Heated rhetoric around the Affordable Care Act, has landed the law in the Supreme Court, where its constitutionality is being debated. Do you know where you stand — and why? Tell us why you support, or refuse to support, the health care reform law.
Sifting through the sea of opinion about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it’s hard to say if people really understand what they’re talking about, or they are only reacting to political rhetoric.
Are defenders of the act not explaining it well enough? Do opponents have too much control over how the debate is being framed? Most of the public knows the law by the name given to it by its opponents: Obama Care.
Twitter is blowing up with I love Obama Care! and I hate Obama Care! And a lot of what people are saying reflects a tendency to simplify the debate and make it about one factor, be it Barack Obama, freedom, socialism, the economy, job creation, religious liberty — whatever “wins” the argument.
Is it really that simple?
Tell us below what you think. Complete one of these sentences:
“I hate ‘Obama Care’ because _____.”
“I like ‘Obama Care’ because _____.”
At NewsWorks we’ve done our best to explain the law and the debate.
And this column from the L.A. Times’ Michael Hiltzik is a good reminder that much of the act is already in effect: More young people are insured, seniors are saving money on prescriptions, co-pays for immunizations, cancer screenings and other preventive services have been cut.
Now the fate of the act, and the status of health coverage for millions of Americans, sits on a razor’s edge as the U.S. Supreme Court struggles with the constitutionality of part of the law that requires Americans to have health insurance coverage starting in 2014, either through a government program, through their employers, or purchased directly from an insurance company.
We’ll find out when the court issues a decision in June. Until then, the debate rages on.