There is a divide on healthcare in this country, but it primarily lies between the informed and the ill-informed. So much so that people actually look at the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare as it is dubbed, as two separate entities. Which if you really didn't know, they are not. They are one and the same. We can technically connect Obamacare to Romney care of Massachusetts since it is largely spun from some of the same cloth when Romney was governor. The same principals of providing insurance for all, free for those who can’t afford it, mandating people to participate or lose the $219 credit on their taxes (fining companies of more than 10 if they didn’t provide it, the ACA states 50) It insures 95-99% of the state, depending on what statistics you are looking at. It currently has a high approval rating and seems to be “working”.
I have read over this law several times over the years; even have a copy of the original proposal. And it has changed from where it began. If I were to be critical I would say it doesn’t do enough, too much was sacrificed. But even though I feel that way, I am still appreciative of what it is, for you have to start somewhere. And we are just at the beginning of this. The fact that it is designed to keep costs down (hence its name), not deny people with pre-existing conditions coverage or treatments ( I have bills totaling over $20,000 for this problem because I have an autistic child), provide insurance for many more people, and make Insurance companies more accountable by requiring them to return profits for things like CEO salaries that exceed 20% back to you in a premium refund, all very good things. But you can see how if you are a certain type of CEO you may not like this law as much.
I do get the fear over feeling like you are being forced into insurance. Which is why much of congress has issue as they are not exempt from this law, but some want you to think they are so you are mad too. But we all know that we have to have insurance for other things like owning cars and homes (or boats and motorcycles for that matter).Many people do not like being told what they have to do. And for the self-employed person who doesn’t have a family or children and makes a decent living from their business, they may feel justifiably upset about suddenly having to spend money on something they may have never wanted to buy. But no one will be forced into anything, employers of 50 or more will receive a penalty on their taxes if they don't comply. Citizens will also not get tax credits if they don't have insurance this won't apply to those who can not afford insurance.No one is coming to your house. No one is going to arrest you. Fear is just that, it messes with your logic and taps into the unknown and sometimes we fill in the blanks with worst-case scenarios. Heck the ironic part is part of the Pharmaceutical industry makes a LOT Of money on this particular problem.
Bottom line, this is like everything else in life. You can choose to find the good and the benefits, you can choose to find the flaws and the defects. The world works because both types exist. You don’t have to be one or the other 100% of the time. If this is something worth stressing about for you and you wish to make it your mission to make it better than get out there and do it. Otherwise, relax, life is short anyway. Enjoy the fact that many people have worked very hard to give you the right to live long enough to do so. And if that doesn’t work, there is a pill for that.