Though it took several years to implement, the Affordable Care Act turned 5 years old this week. Not surprisingly, reactions to the anniversary were divided and partisan. ACA supporters note that 16.4 million previously uninsured people now have coverage and that federal budget deficits are dropping sharply, due in significant part to a historically low rate of medical inflation. But critics such as Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., see the law as a disaster. “As we predicted, many Americans can’t keep the care they liked and they are paying higher premiums and deductibles,” Roberts said in a statement. “The law is anything but affordable, and Americans have been left with broken promises.” – Phillip Brownlee
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