The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act isn’t as old as you think, but its history has already been long and arduous. Three years after President Obama signed it into law, it’s still overwhelmingly confusing—not to mention unpopular—among Americans across all demographics.
Enroll America is an umbrella organization for groups that will promote PPACA’s insurance exchanges, new online marketplaces where millions will shop for coverage starting Oct. 1.
Though a number of organizations are working nationally on enrollment—including the Obama administration and insurers and advocates—Filipic says Enroll America is in a unique situation because it brings all those groups together.
Many Americans are skeptical of the law and the promise of “quality, affordable health coverage.”
Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has come under heavy criticism from Republicans for her fundraising work for Enroll America. Sebelius admitted she made calls to organizations and carriers on behalf of the organization, asking them to contribute to their efforts. While the administration has said previous administrations have done the same thing, Republicans have suggested she may have crossed legal or ethical boundaries.
Filipic says those issues miss the point of the organization. Enroll America is important because getting people health insurance is important. Period.