State News
6:25 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Democrats hoping people adjust to new health care law

Republicans are continuing a last-minute push to dismantle the law known as "Obamacare" before a key part of it takes effect next week. The law remains unpopular in polls. But as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, Democrats are hoping that changes once people begin to live with it.

Next Tuesday is a milestone for the Affordable Care Act. It's when people are supposed to start signing up for health coverage on so-called insurance exchanges. It's also the start of the federal government's budget year, and some Republicans have promised to block all government spending unless Obamacare is defunded.

Democrats, meanwhile, like U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, say even opponents of Obamacare tend to like the individual parts of the law.

"Do you think that health insurance companies should take people with pre-existing conditions? 'Why of course.' Do you think there should be limits on what your coverage is in health insurance? 'No, you never know what the diagnosis is going to be.' Well what do you think about your kids staying on family coverage up to age 26? You go through each of those, and people are for them."

Durbin says it's uncertainty about a big change like Obamacare that leads to negative poll numbers.It remains to be seen whether Republicans have the political will -- or the votes -- to follow through on their plan.