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The New Year brought with it medical coverage for millions of Americans under theĀ Affordable Care Act. Yesterday about two million people began to receive private health coverage through the state health exchanges or the federal website. With one of the nation’s most sweeping changes to social policy in decades, no longer can insurers deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, or charge them more for their coverage than other customers. It’s also the first time they can’t legally charge women higher premiums for the same coverage as men, and the first time they can’t set a specific limit on the amount they spend on “essential health benefits” for individual policyholders. But there are a lot of “if’s” in the implementation of Obamacare. Will people be able to find a doctor who accepts their new plan? Are the nation’s healthcare providers ready for the change in policy? And how will Obamacare shape the political climate this election year?

When Americans got sick, they had to wait longer than people in most of the other countries to get help. Fewer than half were able to get same-day or next-day appointments with a doctor or nurse; one in four had to wait six days or longer. (Only Canada fared worse on both counts.) But Americans got quicker access to specialists than adults in all but two other countries.
New York Times editorial, The Shame of American Health Care

What questions do you still have about Obamacare?

I think if there ever was a time to make a case to the American people that they will buy into, it’s now — people don’t want this national government healthcare; the president is increasingly unpopular and discredited — if House Republicans can’t make the case that we need to stop this law, I don’t know when they can make a case for anything.
Former Sen. Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation on today’s To the Point