WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years ago, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), activating a plan for extending coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people.
“This is what change looks like,” he exulted.
Today, Obama’s message about PPACA boils down to this: Be patient, not yet, adjust your expectations.
Here’s a look at how the scope of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) has narrowed in recent years:
Public option? Never mind.
Obama once trumpeted the idea of providing a public option in health care, in essence a government-run plan that would be one of many choices for people seeking affordable care. That idea, popular with liberals but opposed by conservatives and many moderates, never made it into PPACA. In the quest for a workable compromise, Obama deemed it expendable.
A related program — the basic health option program — seems to be in regulatory development limbo.
Long-term care insurance? Buh-bye.
When the president signed his health-care plan into law, it included the CLASS Act, a proposal to provide basic long-term care insurance at an affordable cost. Before the program ever got off the ground, though, the administration ditched it last spring for fear it would turn into a financial drain. It could take be years before lawmakers to tackle the issue again.
Coverage for the needist? Not in every state.