Rarely has a bill passed by Congress endured as many nicknames, both positive and negative, as The Affordable Care Act of 2010. Obamacare, Nationalized Healthcare, Socialized Medicine, even The Abominable Care Act… the list seems endless, as do the tentacles of this far-reaching 2000-some-page law, not to mention the stacks of enabling regulations that already tower over the average homeowner’s foreclosed house.
But the critics and skeptics must admit at last, four years after its passage, that the program is working far beyond the wildest dreams of its supporters.
Despite almost daily, almost laughable website crashes, holes in its security that a terrorist could drive a truck through, and a cadre of “navigators” who know nothing about healthcare but everything about vote fraud and identity theft, the Affordable Care Act is nevertheless, slowly but surely, racking up applicants, at least some of whom reportedly are paying for their policies. Nothing ensures volunteerism quite like a healthy fear of fines and imprisonment.
Sure, shout the skeptics, doctors and nurses are retiring or changing careers at a record clip. The statistics don’t lie. But the medical practice is about so much more than, well, having medical practitioners.