American Sauce: Health care law turns one
March 21st, 2011
12:41 PM ET
3 years ago

American Sauce: Health care law turns one


Capitol Hill (CNN) – One year ago today, the House of Representatives narrowly but decisively passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 221-219. Within days, the health care bill was signed by the president and became, as it is now, Public Law 111-148.

But implementation of some of the bigger health reform chunks is not going as expected.

This week in American Sauce, we drill down to specifics on what is happening with the health care law now. Example: those temporary high-risk pools, set up to help the uninsured before bigger reforms kick in, are not doing that well. Demand is 1/30th of what the Feds expected.

And state capitals across the country are struggling to make pivotal decisions about their role in the new health care system. State governments face deadlines within months but insist that Washington has yet to give them the guidance they need. In this week's show, we talk to a state health director for an on-the-ground account of how the massive health care bill is/is not becoming reality.

Want more details? Listen to this week's podcast here.

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  1. one voice

    No longer can the RIP OFF Insurance Companies Drop coverage when you get sick or deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Thank you President Obama and the (at the time) Democratic lead House and Senate. GOP/TEAPARTY Representatives SUCK for the Average Americans.future. PERIOD!!!

    March 21, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. New Age Independant

    Only one voice... Meanwhile the rest of America realizes how must waste the Health Care bill is costing. The gain so far is minimal at best. The majority of Americans want many parts repealed yet Liberals don't seem to care.

    March 21, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Still the most outrageous, most expensive health care law, yet. Time to declare it unconstitutional, in its entirety, which it is.

    March 21, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. proud mother of soldier

    I wish CNN would report the underhanded actions of Obama and Pelosi contained within the guise of health care reform and the implications to this country down the road. Tell the people about the automatic payments made thru 2018 to nonrelated health care.....they very things Pelosi referred to when imploring the vote to pass and then learning what the bill contained. This country was duped and will continue to be duped as long as Obama is president. His actions today speak volumes about his incompetency as a leader just from his lack of experience.

    March 21, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Nadeem

    No surprise on the high risk pools – this was John McCain idea during his campaign. The President threw it in as a show of bipartisianship – for all the good it did him.

    March 21, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Realistic

    I disagree with the Healthcare law. How dare we the people expect insurance company to provide coverage for sick people who had their policy when they were healthy. Insurance is not for when you are sick but when you are healthy, like duh people. How do we expect the ins.companies to make money if they are covering sick people? And this pre-existing condition, well don't get one and you will be ok. So in the end, I think the health care bill should be nulled b/c of the ins copmpanies bottom line, these poor companies need to make a profit too.

    March 21, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It has to be heartbreaking for the republicans to see that some people with preexisting conditions will not be refused health insurance, that students may stay on their parents policy longer, that children will have insurance, and republicans without insurance will not be able to show up at emergency rooms and have the taxpayers pay for them. I'll bet it will make a repube want to sit down alone and just cry.

    March 21, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    Example: those temporary high-risk pools, set up to help the uninsured before bigger reforms kick in, are not doing that well. Demand is 1/30th of what the Feds expected.
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    And if their cost estimates are this far off (which many know they are) this country is royally SCREWED unless this Obomination is repealed and trashed. This is nothing but a huge new federal entitlement program this country cannot afford and does not need. It is the Democrats way of getting us one step closer to government controlled healthcare.

    March 21, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    It's a sad anniversary that celebrates that bit of far-Left tyranny, but at least it may serve to keep public awareness alive of the would-be petty tyrants of the Left who imposed this disaster on the country.

    March 21, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. diridi

    if they have guts, pass the amendment of Public Option as an addendum....to the main law.....or else, state run exchanges will be law.....every one need to go to these exchanges and buy insurance just like senate, and reps.....o.k....

    March 21, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. California Conservative

    ObamaCare is the worst thing to happen to this country in decades. Plain and simple.

    March 21, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Reasonable

    This could have been soooo much better than it is, but the Republicans were too heck bent on trying to destroy this president that hate got in the way of a good thing for the people....sigh...

    March 21, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Phil in KC

    Part of the reason it is not going as expected are the 'just say no' Republicans. Heaven forbid we actually provide decent medical coverage for our citizens and give them rights. After all, if big corporations aren't telling us what to do, the Republicans want nothing to do with it.

    March 21, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If American taxpayers pay $94 billion into medical research, all Americans should have healthcare.

    March 21, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. DagnyTag

    Liberals: Selective Service IS a constitutionally enumerated function of the Feds; Individual HC entitlement is not. Sel Serv is the only accurate parallel example to use in this debate relative to 'inactive existence'. It's the difference between 'General' welfare vs 'Individual' welfare.
    Liberals loove to talk the talk about the sanctity of 'Individual' freedoms, except when it gets in the way of them telling everyone what to do, how to live, etc. The HC mandate is a pristine example of how the more fundamental liberal roots in basic collectivism contradict their surface level "talk" about individuality. This is where the fundamental hypocrisy occurs....in thinking that their form of 'individuality' as they see it (add self righteousness, arrogance) should apply to ALL of us under the (false) "compassion" of serving 'the 'general welfare'. Their argument appeals to 'the general welfare', while inactive existence is fundamentally 'individual', NOT 'general'.
    Liberals try to argue that 'the mandate instills personal responsibility'. Disgusting,...farcical. Personal responsibility is a choice (the Achilles heal of lib ideology). A mandate is the removal of choice; it's the exact antithesis of personal responsibility as you have no choice.
    This law is not a "tax" and we have never been mandated to buy anything from a private company due to having a pulse/breathing.
    Every inane attempt to make this argument parallel to something it's not has been shot down, yet the ignorance still runs rampant. Soc Sec is Govn't run (not a private co.) and is not mandated, driving is a choice -you are not mandated to drive- it’s a privilege, you are not mandated to own a home, State-run examples are not equivalent to Federal ones, etc. etc. etc.
    Liberals, OWN this stunning contradiction. Call it what it is: blinding self righteous arrogance and hypocrisy. You want to remove our right to HC freedom and allow a congressional mandate of the most fundamental level to become constitutional. How incalculable is your hypocrisy now?
    It's not a "right wing", or "conservative", or "tea party" thing. It's an inactive existence thing = everyone.
    Your willingness to toss aside this (our) most fundamental freedom is reprehensible...

    March 21, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Thank you to my President Barack Hussein Obama for his willingness to sacrifice his political collateral in pursuit of HealthCare for ALL Americans regardless of pre-exisitng conditiions.
    Thank you for NOT turning your back on us when other Presidents that attempted this did in order to seek re-election.

    Thank you.

    March 21, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Bob in PA

    One Voice – One very whiny voice.
    That one aspect of the bill might be good, the rest of it is garbage and just the cost of implementing the government agencies is terrible. It should be put to rest before the soon to be Death Panel Bureaucracies can create regulations and guidelines that will prevent care can take effect.

    If you want to die, create a "Living Will", leave the rest of us out of your utopia.

    March 21, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Dale

    True story: My mother worked as a nurse, taking care of patients and paying into her health insurance for 20 years. Then she got breast cancer and her insurance company promptly dropped her. They basically told her to go home and die. Their strategy was to delay the legal fight until she died. Friends and family helped with her bills while she fought them in court, at the same time she was going through chemo, etc. She won both fights, thankfully. She told me that the insurance company caused her more stress than the prospect of dying. I sincerely thank Obama and the Democrats for making the insurance company's action of dropping her illegal. And I am appalled at the Republican party for fighting this law in the past and for wanting to repeal it now. The Republican party is as cold, unethical and inhuman as the insurance companies that they work for.

    March 21, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |