Five years after Obamacare first passed in 2010, and the future of the law remains as unsettled as ever. NPR reports on the large volume of state legislation related to some aspect of the ACA:
A Center for Public Integrity review found that more than 700 Obamacare-related bills were filed in the states during 2014 or carried over from 2013 in states where legislatures allow that. (You can read in-depth about the center’s findings here.)Some states saw 50 or more health bills each, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures, or NCSL. It’s not yet clear how many will be reconsidered in 2015 — many states are just kicking off their legislative sessions — but few expect any substantial retreat from the battlefront.
Some of these proposals are “liberal,” seeking to expand the scope of the ACA, some are symbolic, and some seek to restrict the law along conservative lines. Together they show there is still significant ferment over the law and its implementation—one way or the other, it has not reached the “settled law” stage as quickly as some of its supporters thought it would. As in the states, so in the federal government, where GOP leadership vows to “’strike away at [the ACA] piece by piece.’” Anything approaching full repeal certainly is not on the immediate horizon at any level of government, but this fight is nowhere near over. In fact, it may just be beginning.