In the GOP Presidential candidate debate last week, there were fewer mentions of Obamacare than there were candidates on stage.
Over the two hour debate, the biggest change to the American health care system in fifty years was mentioned 8 times.
Abortion, Planned Parenthood, ISIS, immigration, Mexico, Russia all garnered more time than health reform.
If there was any doubt whether the Affordable Care Act is here to stay, the lack of attention paid to PPACA by the moderators and candidates should lay that to rest. That’s not to say all is bright and cheery in health reform land; rates are going up (albeit at much lower rates than predicted); there are still millions of Americans without coverage; and the wrenching changes in our health care delivery system (some – but by no means all – resulting from PPACA) are being felt far and wide.
While almost all of the 17 GOP candidates have positions on health care, health reform, and PPACA, health care reform is no longer an issue worthy of debate.
Perhaps the most telling evidence that PPACA is here to stay is this: Sen. Marco Rubio purchased health insurance thru the D.C. Exchange (and took advantage of a $10k federal subsidy), a decision that seems stunning but wasn’t worthy of mention by any of the moderators or fellow candidates.
What does this mean for you?
PPACA is here to stay.