The Salt Lake Tribune
President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care legislation led to lawsuits filed by organizations and states undefined including one by Utah and 25 other states undefined claiming that requiring people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional.
But speakers at a Saturday panel discussion in Salt Lake City sponsored by the Women’s Democratic Club of Utah supported the Affordable Care Act, saying the legislation will lower costs and reduce the ranks of the uninsured.
The federal health reform, signed into law in 2010, aims to virtually eliminate the nation’s ranks of uninsured through an expansion of Medicaid and a requirement that individuals buy health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty. The act also creates exchanges, or virtual insurance marketplaces where people can shop for their coverage.
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