Obamacare Passed: What It Means to You

What It Means to You

I'm sure a lot of people have been following the news and depending on your position on the issue, you might have been happy or dissappointed about the fact that Obamacare has been OK'd by Congress. Let's see what this really means to us.

First off, Obamacare is also known as the Affordable Healthcare Act, so don't get confused between the two.

Uninsured: Probably the most affected people, those without any current health insurance will/must get insurance by 2014. Not doing so will make you pay a $95 penalty or 1 percent of your income every year.

This also a hotly debated issue by libertarians and small government people, who argue that forcing people to have health insurance is unconstitutional.

Insured: For those of you that are insured, nothing really changes. Kids will be able to use their parents plan until they're 26.

Finally, the law's provisions on preexisting conditions remain intact. Beginning in 2014, the law makes it illegal for a health insurance company to exclude, limit, or set unrealistic rates on coverage based on preexisting conditions. This part of the law is already in effect for children under the age of 19.

Watch the video below; skip to 2:10.

The Problem Behind the Ruling

Though all this sounds fine, there was a slight hiccup in the desicion made by the Congress two days ago. In a nutshell, a divided Court concluded that the individual mandate was really a "choice," and the penalty for not purchasing health insurance was really a "tax."(US News)

ObamaCare is Constitutional! Now What? - usnews.com

ObamaCare is Constitutional! Now What? - usnews.com The big question with Obamacare is what does it mean for all of us?

That was the only reason it passed. But the problem lies here: Obama always said that this was never and will not be a tax. Yet the Act was passed as a tax. This is another thing firing up opposers of this law, and one that Obama will have to answer for soon.

Meanwhile, we still have time to decide on what we want to do; remember that the penalty can belesser than the cost of insurance if you're planning to avoid any more contracts.

My Opinion: Simple. As someone on YouTube posted: "The arrogance of the court to redefine the mandate as a "tax" in order to find a constitutional basis for it is truly mind boggling."

What's your opinion on this desision? Will you pay the penalty or go get insurance?

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