Republicans in Congress have threatened to strip it of its funding, strike down key parts or repeal it altogether; polls show that many Americans still don’t understand it or trust it; and insurance companies have responded to it by either raising premiums or pulling back policies geared toward children. The “it” in the above descriptions that seems to be so reviled and feared is the Affordable Care Act, the landmark health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama earlier this year that is just now starting to be implemented. Part of the problem is the implementation process will take a full four years, plenty of time for opponents to mount all kinds of campaigns, from PR to legislative, to roll back the most offensive parts of health care reform. The Secretary of Health & Human Services is here to talk about the first pieces of the bill going into effect and the kind of impacts that health care consumers will begin to see.
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department Health & Human Services