Broadside: Inside the Affordable Care Act

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October 30, 2013, 6:58 pm
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(NECN) - As President Obama defended the Affordable Care Act in Boston, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stood in the line of fire in Congress.

Boston College law professor Alice Noble scrutinized all 907 pages of the health care law, and says the problems with HealthCare.gov does not mean it's time to panic.

"It's had a very rough first several weeks, but it's fixable and that's one of the positive things about it. It's fixable and it seems quite popular. A lot of people are going to the website. We've been given a date of Nov. 30, by which time supposedly the website will be up and running well," she says.

Noble says people expected glitches, but not the severe problems the website has experienced.

Meanwhile, upwards of 2 million health care plans have been cancelled. Did President Obama misled the American public when he said they could keep their plans if they liked them? Noble says there was an aspect to Obama's message that was overlooked.

"That message is that the Affordable Care Act does not gut the system and recreate it. It accepts the health care system as it was and builds on that, so for most people, the vast majority of people, 149 million people approximately have employment based health insurance, that has not changed radically," she says.

Tags: barack Obama, Boston College, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, Alice Noble, health care enrollment, Healthcare Reform: Law and Practice
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