Posted by on October 1, 2013

Amazingly, Fox news came out (on its opinion page) saying what most people who have actually read the Affordable Care Act already know: That Americans are going to love Obamacare. That’s why the Republicans are doing so much to try to derail what it. Fox News contributor Sally Kohn correctly lays out six amazing things Americans will like about the new healthcare plan:

  1. It allows young people to stay on parents’ insurance
  2. It bans insurance companies from deny covering pre-existing conditions
  3. It offers tax credits to small businesses so they can buy insurance
  4. It requires companies with more than 50 employees to provide insurance
  5. It provides subsidies to help people afford insurance

And it does all these things with some pretty ingenious funding mechanics. Now the law’s authors say the Affordable Care act is not going to solve our healthcare cost issue. But it does provide coverage for many millions who haven’t had coverage and it does so affordably for the foreseeable future. We will need that breathing room while we wrestle with our other problems.

In the meantime, laud this law. It is the closest thing Americans have come to providing healthcare to all since medicare. I personally think this is going to work. I think Republicans do too. That’s why they’re in such a hurry to try to defund the Act. Of course, there’s no way that will happen. The majority of Republicans already know this. Still, as Sally puts it, some of them haven’t gotten the message:

“…even if it means holding our economy hostage and even if most voters, including Republicans, oppose the repeated and wasteful defunding attempts….Republicans who are throwing temper tantrums over sour grapes need to grow up.  Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, President Obama signed it into law and the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality.  The cost of doing nothing on health care reform was too great and the cost of repeatedly refighting the political battles of the past is obscene.  But then again, it makes perfect sense why Republicans refuse to just give up and shut up — because the minute they do, there will be no more distractions from all the good things about ObamaCare.”

Fox: I tip my hat to ya!

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