The following week marked the six-month anniversary of President Obama signing major healthcare reform legislation into law (Public Law 111-148) – an occasion that included several days of renewed attention to both the impact of and public opinion toward the new law.
The President kicked off the anniversary with a meeting with state insurance commissioners, followed by a suburban “backyard event” in which he met with individuals from across the country. On Capitol Hill, Democratic supporters of the law continued to promote its implementation in an effort to boost public opinion and increase public knowledge of the massive law’s many provisions.
At the same time, Republicans marked the occasion and renewed their opposition to the measure, encouraged by recent polling that has demonstrated that the public has still not embraced the new law. Republican lawmakers have introduced various legislative initiatives aimed at repealing the law or targeting specific parts of it, and most recently, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee offered a resolution of disapproval that would overturn specific small business provisions.
September 23 – the official six-month anniversary – was the day that a host of the law’s insurance changes officially went into effect, including provisions that will: allow young adults to remain on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26; end lifetime limits on insurance coverage; require plans to cover preventative services without charging out-of-pocket costs; and prevent discrimination against children who have pre-existing conditions.