Reaction to the Obama administration’s path toward the country’s health care overhaul has ranged from commendation to “A for effort” to accusations of “taxpayer funded propaganda.”
“When you are sick and have to go to the hospital, you want to know that you’re getting the highest quality care,” a White House press release stated. “And if you’re choosing between hospitals, you should be able to make an informed choice and compare the quality of hospitals in your area. That’s where HealthCare.gov comes in.
“By visiting HealthCare.gov, you can quickly access the Hospital Compare tool which analyzes and compares data about the quality of care at more than 4,700 hospitals across the country.”
The site has gotten mostly favorable reviews, Huffington Post reported.
And according to the New York Times, the last three months have been busy for the administration. Officials have issued rules allowing young adults to stay on their parents policies and prohibited insurers from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.
They have also notified nearly four million small businesses of new tax credits to help defray the cost of insurance and recently began a program that will reimburse employees for some of the cost of providing health benefits to early retirees, the newspaper said.
Stuart Butler, vice president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, told the Times he gives Obama an “A for effort. But there are land mines down the road because the law is fundamentally flawed.”
Stephen Finan, an American Cancer Society health economist, was a bit more encouraging.
“I’m extremely impressed with what the administration has accomplished,” he said. “They have cranked out a lot of regulations. They’re doing it methodically and they’re doing it well.”
Still, some were decidedly unimpressed.
U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) told the Times that the White House has significantly overstated the benefits of the law, criticizing a Medicare brochure that looked like “taxpayer-funded propaganda.”
A poll last month found that 48 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the new health care law, while 41 percent have “generally unfavorable” and 10 percent haven’t made up their minds. The 48 percent is a seven percent increase over a poll taken in May.