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October 9, 2013

For better or worse, ACA signup has begun

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The above aspects of the ACA, all of which have proven popular with the general public, help illustrate why the law has proven so controversial when considered in light of other ACA aspects which aren’t so popular.

Among the most controversial aspects of the ACA are the requirements that everyone must purchase coverage or pay a penalty and that businesses with 50 more full-time employees must provide health insurance coverage or pay a penalty. The ACA employer requirements have proven not only controversial, but also difficult to implement – so much so that the Federal government has delayed their implementation for a year so regulations for effectively enforcing and regulating the requirements can be more fully developed.

State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) was present at the meeting and helped illustrate the law’s controversy when he pointed out that many employers will likely opt of offering coverage and simply pay the penalty. For many businesses, Frye said, the penalty option would prove significantly cheaper. Fry also expressed dislike of the use of the word “subsidies” to describe the portion of premiums the government would be covering through the ACA. Subsidy dollars, he said, are tax dollars and are not limitless.

Wilson, however, stayed above the political fray, responding to Frye’s observations that he [Wilson] was merely a messenger, whose job is to explain and clarify, not to politicize or make statements or give opinions about the law’s fairness, effectiveness or economic impact.

Wilson also mentioned the fact that the government healthcare exchanges have been absolutely inundated with people signing up for coverage. The government, he said, had underestimated the number of people who would be signing up for coverage through the marketplaces and the amount of infrastructure necessary to accommodate them all. As a result, Wilson confessed that, to date, even he and his team have been unable to sign up on the exchanges.

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