Big promises. Big problems. The Affordable Care Act's rocky rollout has exposed deep fault lines in American health care that go beyond malfunctioning website code. From basic questions of coverage to complex federal court cases, many aspects of the sweeping reform remain unsettled. What's gone wrong? Can it be fixed? And where do we go from here? AEI scholars are following the latest developments, offering candid analysis and original research.
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In a country evenly divided on abortion, there's broad agreement that pro-lifers shouldn't be forced to subsidize abortion. Obamacare shreds this notion of conscience protection.
Now in his sixth year in office, President Obama has made it clear he is not interested in serious reform of the major spending programs that are causing, and will continue to cause in the future, so much fiscal distress for the federal government. He wants to retain the current welfare state as it is, and in fact expand it with the new spending enacted in Obamacare.
The Medicare Trustees issued their annual report on the program's long-term financing last month, and their findings were greeted by the Obama administration as evidence that the Affordable Care Act is working. This is nonsense.
The Obama administration suffered two stinging defeats at the Supreme Court this summer related to the so-called “HHS mandate” — the rule that requires employers to include free contraceptives, sterilization services, and products that can induce early-pregnancy abortions in their health plan offerings to workers.