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Thu Mar 13, 2014, 10:17 AM

When does ACA become a "failure"? [View all]

The right-wing/Republicans, of course, have carped about ACA being a "failure" since the day it was signed into law. According to them ACA is forcing businesses to cut worker hours, lay off workers, forcing people out of the (junk) insurance plans they supposedly love and want to keep en masse, forcing doctors to quit, killing jobs, and, basically everything bad you can think of short of ushering in the apocalypse foretold in the Book of Revelations (though I'm sure they will be accusing ACA of that as well eventually).

However, for those of living in reality (or some iteration thereof) and recognizing that much of what is occurring is more attributable to long-standing employment trends and/or insurance company shenanigans, what I am curious about is, when is ACA considered a "failure"? What are the signs and symptoms that the law is failing and might possibly need to be repealed? The right-wing/Republicans and the MSM are talking up the fact that ACA is unlikely to meet its projected enrollment by the end of this month, which may be the case but if so, then what? Is it over? Does ACA go into that much vaunted "death spiral" that analysts have previously discussed? From what I have been hearing, there are likely already enough enrollees to prevent that, so then what? The end of March comes and go and then what's the next big test for the law? At what point do critics think the the law will inherently crash and burn because of its design and structure? For me, I just don't see it happening and, frankly, I can't think of lot of things that can't be administratively or legislatively fixed for smaller issues. I can't really see the law collapsing under its own weight like the right-wing/Republicans think is likely (they hope) to happen at some point.

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