Opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been aggressive and while unsuccessful in their attempts to derail the law, they have promulgated an extraordinary array of public relations initiatives against it – from mass abandonment of health insurance by large employers to death panels. The Obama administration has, on the other hand merely struggled to keep up with the timing and requirements under the legislation. In fact, a one-year delay in a key component of the law was recently granted employers. It appears now that the executive branch is undertaking a new initiative to push through to the key date of October 1.
What we will have after October 1 is certainly complicated, and it seems that the administration is due for some criticism in failing to anticipate the complications and to get out in front of the necessary changes required for implementation. What is also true, however, is that what we have now is clearly untenable and unacceptable.
We will all need to collaborate carefully as these necessary but complicated changes are unfurled.