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With the government shutdown impasse in its second week, Obamacare is again front-and-center in the war of words over America’s political future. Controversial since its inception, the Affordable Care Act, as it’s formally called, solicits disparate responses from people across the political spectrum. Supporters cheer the legislation as the first major reform of a broken medical insurance system and as Obama’s signature first term achievement – a sentiment the President predictably shares. Detractors, especially Tea Party Conservatives, decry the Individual Mandate – the law’s requirement that everyone obtain health insurance or pay a fine - as a gross government intrusion into peoples’ lives. Also deplored is the large bureaucracy required to administer the law and the “jobkiller” taxes imposed on the creators of jobs in our economy. A 10,000-page expansion of government a time of naggingly slow economic and job growth is the last thing the country needs.
On the other hand, many Liberals lament the law’s limited reach in providing people with adequate and affordable health care. Nothing short of a single-payer, government sponsored healthcare system will do. After all, every other industrialized country has long had universal health care of some kind. Obamacare’s insurance requirement amounts to a "boondoogle" for insurance companies who are already making record profits at the expense of the sick in this country.
The rest of America is ambivalent, disliking the law overall, especially the “sausage-making” process pursued by the Democratic-controlled congress that first passed it. However, they do like many of the provisions that address many of the insurance industry’s most egregious practices.
So what do you think? Is the law too onerous, complicated or controversial for America at this time, and should be repealed? Or do you feel its a step in the right direction and should be given a chance to fulfill its promise of affordable health care for all? Join us this coming Tuesday as we debate this “hot-potato” topic.