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Pass or fail, Affordable Care Act is still important

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Whether the Supreme Court passes the Affordable Care Act or not, its impact still generates questions.

The Affordable Care Act is a public-private approach. If it fails, would Medicaid-for-all emerge as the only viable answer? Some liberals say it government-run health insurance is the only answer.

According to PBS, Founding Executive Director of Families USA Ron Pollack said, "In the 47-year history of the Medicaid program, there have been expansions for children, pregnant moms, people with disabilities and expansions for seniors. There's never been a case in the 47-year history of the program that found any of the expansions unconstitutional, and I don't see why this one would be different."

Do you think the potential expansion of the Medicaid program is no different from ones that states have accepted in the past like the administration claims? It's hard to pinpoint these exact expansions and this particular one seems to be getting more attention for a reason.

According to The Associated Press, State officials have estimated more than a half-million Michigan consumers would purchase a private policy through an exchange once it's up. Rick Snyder's idea of an online exchange program could be up and running by 2014 if Michigan's health exchange is approved by the federal deadline in January. If the online insurance marketplace is approved, would you use it?

Health Insurance companies are also saying they may keep some of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act if it doesn't pass. UnitedHealthCare did not immediately agree to continue covering children with pre-existing medical conditions if the law passes, according to the New York Times. Does this affect anyone in the Detroit area?

 

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