Health reform law approaches first anniversary

By Brandon Richards - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, La (KPLC-TV) – This week marks the first anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act, or health care reform, into law.

The goal of the law is to provide healthcare coverage to millions of uninsured Americans.

According to the White House, 55,717 Louisiana seniors have had their Medicare prescription drug costs reduced; 22,000 young Louisianans will be able to remain on their parent's insurance plan; and 266,000 kids in Louisiana with pre-existing conditions are protected because of the law.

But the healthcare law remains as divisive as ever. Most polling indicates about half of Americans don't like it.

In fact, the healthcare law was one of the central issues during the 2010 mid-term elections. Republicans said they were elected to Congress to repeal the law.

So far, their efforts haven't been successful in Congress; however some federal judges have found parts of the law unconstitutional.

Ultimately, the law could end up before the Supreme Court.

In the meantime, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and Wednesday marks its one-year anniversary.

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