Politics as Hughesual

The major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the individual and employer mandates and the Medicaid expansion, are still more than a year away, and their fate hinges in large part on the outcome of the Presidential election a little more than a month away. By design, only a few, mostly popular, provisions have been enacted so far: children are now able to remain on their parents’ insurance plan until their 26th birthday, insurers are prohibited from imposing lifetime dollar limits on essential benefits, and people with pre-existing conditions are made eligible for high-risk insurance. These provisions have indeed proved popular, so much so that Republican nominee Mitt Romney has said he will look into keeping some of these provisions intact should he win.

The uncertainty surrounding the law due to the elections is exacerbated by the fact that no one knows, assuming Obama wins, which states will implement…

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