Two years later, Americans still can’t afford the Affordable Care Act

In 2010, as the health care bill was being pushed through Congress in one of the biggest legislative showdowns in recent history, Democrats turned deaf ears to the cries of South Mississippians and Americans everywhere. We said: this bill is too costly, and is an unconstitutional power grab. It will place government mandates in front of civil and religious liberties and individual health choices. This bill will ruin the best health care system the world has ever seen.

Advocates on the left reassured us that the critics were all wrong, we’d just have to sit down and read the bill later, in then-Speaker Pelosi’s words, “to see what was in it.” Those creatively cramming the bill through Congress were confident that we’d all thank them later down the road.

As I’ve been out and about in the district over the past year, South Mississippians have constantly approached me with concerns and questions over the new health care law, which doesn’t take full effect until 2014. These are questions worth answering as, this month, we mark the two-year anniversary of the signing of the bill into law, and the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the law. People deserve to know: how will the new health care law really affect me?

Rep. Steven Palazzo