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The new online health insurance markets, the portals to coverage for most of the nation’s nearly 50 million uninsured people, have gotten off to a rocky start since their Oct. 1 launch. The law was also central to the budget fight that led to a 16-day partial government shutdown. Politicians had these comments on the Sunday talk shows about the state of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
Image credit: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
“The test is going to be in January, how many people are enrolled and what the quality of service that they’re getting. I think that if we get that right, everyone will regret that the early weeks were choppy on the website. But the test is, ‘Are people getting coverage and are they getting the care that they need?’ And we’re confident we’re going to be on track to do that.” — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, on NBC’s “Meet the Press.“
Image credit: Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, before the Senate Finance Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s 40th annual meeting, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. on the morning after Congress passed last-minute legislation that reopened the government and averted a national default, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Marco Rubio R-Fla., gestures as he speaks during the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in Washington. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the Senate assistant majority leader, arriving for a top-secret briefing for senators with Secretary of State John Kerry at the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite,File)
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is followed by reporters on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)