Saturday, March 24, 2012

Americans are still politically divided on health care issue and both the political parties see a decision will be a key factor that could decide whether Obama gets a second term

Obama's landmark health care law was signed into law; the legislation continues to be a lightning rod in American politics. Monday 26th March, 2012, The US Supreme Court will set to hear six hours of oral arguments over the three days on whether to strike down part or all of the law, including the individual mandate. Obama knocked his potential Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, over the issue. The president said the former Massachusetts governor is "pretending" to disagree with the law. Obama also said that the Democrats crafted the bill, which includes an individual health insurance mandate, because it "previously had support of Republicans -- including the person who may end up being the Republican standard bearer and is now pretending like he came up with something different."
Lot of peoples oppose one-size-fits-all health care plan for the entire nation. They are of the view that each state should determine its own health care plan. The federal government should allow people to purchase insurance across state lines and institute tort reform, including by capping the amount for some damages.
Republican opponents in Congress voted to repeal part of health care law, even though it has no chance of passing the Senate. Meanwhile, this year's health care anniversary comes just three days before the Supreme Court considers the law. During the drafting of the health care bill in 2009 and 2010, vocal public outrage threatened the chance of passage. Angry crowds filled town hall meetings with members of Congress and Republican lawmakers lead rallies changing "kill the bill."  
Seventy-five percent of Republicans don't like the law while 66 percent of Democrats like it.
Over time, as it gets implemented, Obama said the people will say this was the right thing to do. Americans are just as divided on what the Supreme Court should do. Most people think most of the law should stay in tack, 51 percent think the Court should strike down the mandate - one of the more controversial components of the bill. Few think that the entire law should be struck down.
Playing a role in influencing public opinion are health care political advertisements. The law has been the subject of $262 million worth of advertising since the bill passed two years ago, according to media reports the critical advertisements of the health care law have outnumbered supportive ads by a ratio of 3:1.
 Some parts of the law that have already gone into effect, including the prohibition of preexisting conditions and children able to stay on parents' insurance until the age of 26. But even the law's supporters admit imperfections. Seventy-five year-old Bob Meeks with the Alliance for Retired Americans said, "Don't remove it, improve it." Unlike AARP, AMAC (the Association of Mature American Citizens) and the conservative alternative to AARP, is in favor of repealing Obama Care.
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