Nice test Eagal. But remember, if your other question had replaced "destroy America" with "will it be bad for America" It would be a much better comparison. Also you were asking "how long will it take..." which isn't answerable.
As to this "question". It's about time we join the rest of the civilized world and offer our citizens healthcare. Hopefully it will move us from the 38th spot up to 30 or 20. If we could get past Morocco and Saudi Arabia I'd be happy. =/
It won't be better. People will pay more. People will get less hours. It was suppose to cost as much as your cell phone bill according to Obama. Then why are people paying from $300 to $900 hundred? Look at the premiums for people. It's crazy.
A whole lot healthier and one step closer to the universal healthcare provided by other first-world countries. Our current standings in healthcare is laughable and our system can get pretty shady in numerous ways.
I remember when Medicare Part D came out, people were more outraged than they are of the ACA. People aren't crying about it now are they?
Not only will employers not higher full time employees, but those that are on welfare won't qualify for state insurance if they make more than 1200 a month in most states.. So very few will be benefiting from this.. It's a glass ceiling issue. Even for those that work in health care.. It's effecting many dynamics.
If you're a white man whose favorite color is red: worse, because Obama.
If you're not: it depends on whether you need to use the Affordable Care Act. Those Americans who need the help from the Act will now receive healthcare, and hopefully there won't be another case of a sick man intentionally being arrested to receive prison healthcare. Remember that from a few years back? True story. Those of us who don't need it will be mostly unaffected, but we may actually be better off. Why? Say a homeless person is dying of severe influenza. This person walks into the hospital, and the doctors treat him/her regardless because that's what doctors do. Before the Affordable Care Act, when this person couldn't pay for treatment, guess who did? That's right - taxpayers. The Affordable Care Act is more efficient than the jumping through hoops and vaulting court forms that medical practitioners had to do to get reimbursed by the government, which only served to add to the amount of reimbursement required; and not only that, but there actually is a set policy now and taxpayers know of it (even if they've only been fed partisan propaganda about it by whichever side they choose to heed).
From what people keep telling me, it will all be ... rainbows and sparkle unicorns! . So far, my current state-administered insurance is going away, Obamacare has no clear subsidy plans for me, and so far (so far...) new insurance will cost me 50% more per month for 25% less coverage -- and I can't afford it. . But hey ... rainbows and sparkle unicorns will be nice to see .. in other people's yards. :-)
Once it's fixed, it may not be too bad. It needs a lot of tweaking, as even Democrats admit. But if the Senate goes Republican in 2014, you will see a steady move against it. A case could be made for repairing it, so that it actually can fulfill the many promises Obama made passing it. I would be in favor of that. It can't be repealed until a Republican president is elected, but it can be fixed; I suspect this is what will happen, and Obama will agree to the many fixes needed, as long as it retains essential integrity as a series of mandates, taxes and exchanges.