Mar 23, 2011 8:59 PM by Andy Koen

One year in, health care law remains divisive

Wednesday marked the one year anniversary of the passage of Affordable Care Act, the massive health care overhaul law commonly referred to as ObamaCare. To date, the signature piece of legislation of the Obama presidency remains a very controversial subject.

Twenty six states, including Colorado, have sued the government over the law claiming that the individual mandate violates the Constitution by forcing citizens to purchase insurance coverage.

Republican Representative Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs points out a recent ruling by federal judge in Florida which found the law to be unconstitutional.

"The administration is disregarding that and moving forward," Lamborn said. "Public opinion is now more against it than ever."

But in an interview with News First 5, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack points out that other courts have found the law to be constitutional and dismissed similar lawsuits.

"States have already collected $2.8 billion of assistance and help in the implementation process," Vilsack said. "So, we are seeing states implement this law."

Lamborn says that republicans in the house of representatives have already voted to repeal the law and will continue with attempts to replace it.

Vilsack says that farmers, small business owners and at risk individuals have already benefited from the law because it provides tax breaks for employers who provide insurance and prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions.


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