Advocates hail 1st year anniversary of Obama health-care reform

Health care reform birthday cake
Health care reform birthday cake
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The Obama Administration’s health care reform bill turns a year old today. Congress signed the Affordable Care Act into law last March 23. Supporters of that law threw it a birthday party at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate were the only lawmakers who supported the legislation. Some of those lawmakers and people who say they’ve benefited from health care reform applauded its first anniversary.

The gifts on this birthday, they say, went to Medicare beneficiaries in the form of half-off discounts on prescriptions. Or to people as old as 26 who can remain on their parents’ health care plans.

House Republicans have threatened to repeal the law. And public opinion polls remain split on the measure that takes full effect in three years.