"There are two Affordable Care Acts. There's the legislation passed by Congress in 2009, and then there's the mythical Affordable Care Act – the perfidious 'government takeover' decried and demagogued by so many conservatives (and quite a few liberals). The former is quite popular, the latter gets decidedly mixed reviews."
Squeezing out Private Health Plans
In discussing the Senate portion of the PPACA, Robert Book notes that the bill "include[s] provisions that could put private health plans out of business." Book goes on to say that the bill would specifically create the following scenario:
- "Give federal regulators the power to define minimum benefit packages;
- Specify by law the minimum amount that health plans must spend on medical claims; and
- Impose new taxes that will not count toward those minimums."
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