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Editorial: Countdown begins to Affordable Care Act

7:07 PM, Jun. 25, 2013  |  Comments
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Thirty-seven times Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have tried to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Thirty-seven times they have failed.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law.

Yet confusion about it persists. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll has found that 42 percent of Americans were unaware that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul has not been overturned. They did not believe it was the law.

Those are the obstacles standing in the way of Obama administration getting everyone up to speed on the Affordable Care Act by Oct. 1, when consumers can begin open enrollment in the health insurance marketplaces.

Wisconsin is one of the 34 states that will use the marketplace run by the federal government.

The marketplace will be where people who don't get job-based insurance will go to apply for tax credits to help them pay their premiums. Low-income people will get the expanded version of Medicaid, expect in Wisconsin where Gov. Scott Walker has proposed the state's own version.

On Monday, 99 days before the Oct. 1 deadline, the Obama administration launched an education drive, focusing on its website - the more consumer-friendly HealthCare.gov - and a consumer call center. The sign-up will be ongoing through March.

The educational push is needed for the approximate 7 million people expected to sign up for coverage in the marketplace. By Jan. 1, most people will be required to have health insurance or face a fine.

Those who will be using the federal Health Insurance Marketplace will be able to find out how to create accounts, apply online and shop among the different health plans.

With a six-month sign-up period, the Obama administration appears to have plenty of time to educate the public. But challenges remain.

While it's incumbent on the Obama administration to make the information on the marketplaces available and, more importantly, understandable, it's also incumbent upon our lawmakers to cease trying to block funding and obstruct implementation of the law.

Obamacare is a polarizing issue, but it's the law. It's time politicians better served their constituents by helping them obtain coverage rather than trying to repeatedly repeal it and failing every time.

As of Oct. 1, those seeking coverage will be concerned with how much it's going to cost them and what's going to be covered. All the political punditry that has gone before will matter little to them. What will matter is getting coverage.

That's where the Obama administration and our Congress need to focus.

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