Obamacare, the highly controversial government initiative requiring all Americans to have health insurance, takes effect in 2014 but insurers and citizens are already voicing their opposition according to a report issued on May 30, 2013 by the Washington Post.
More than half of Americans, according to many polls, oppose this government mandate, but Obamacare is the law and it will press forward regardless of popular support. Many taxes and organizational changes have already taken place, long before the 2014 implementation, and the current changes are only the beginning of a long and some say disorganized process.
The IRS is in charge of preparing and implementing the Obamacare program and even some of the plan’s supporters agree that the progress so far has been disappointing at best. In addition to that, the person who is responsible for leading the implementation is the same person who is allegedly behind the recent IRS scandal involving conservative organizations.
Under Obamacare, citizens will have to purchase health insurance or else be subject to a non- compliance tax. The plan will affect the finances of millions and it could be particularly troublesome for those on fixed incomes or who earn a low wage. Some may discover they are better off just paying the non- compliance tax and forgoing the purchase of health insurance. The hope of Obamacare proponents is that the fine will be great enough that it will convince most Americans to just go ahead and purchase insurance.
Some supporters argue that Obamacare will actually lower costs in the end and lead to more efficiency in the medical profession. These supporters claim that, among other things, Obamacare will eliminate insurance paperwork and will provide incentives to doctors that will add up to lower overall costs for everyone. Opponents say that no requirement for anything, regardless of how beneficial it may be, could possibly lead to lower costs and they point to other failed government mandates as proof of their theory.
Every federal program has its supporters, but with Obamacare, the public at large is still opposed to the plan. It will take some excellent communication on the part of President Obama and others to ease Americans fears but the ultimate fate will rest on the implementation of the plan and its final outcome. The next few years are critical for Obamacare’s survival and it is certain to be a major campaign issue when the midterm elections take place in 2014.
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