The healthcare debate in America has been arduous. These issues have come to the center of the debate between Republicans and Democrats. The two parties continue to disagree on the success of the Affordable Care Act, and the benefits it brings to enrollees.
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Many US companies currently have policies in place that support benefits for same-sex marriage and protections for all gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Some companies that have noticeably embraced acceptance are Nissan, General Electric, Proctor and Gamble, and Walmart.
Obamacare currently allows same-sex couples to apply jointly for tax credits to help them pay for coverage, but this is not the case in private healthcare. In March, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that any insurance plan that offers benefits to opposite-sex spouses must offer the same coverage to same-sex spouses. Companies have until January 2015 to comply.
With more than 7 million Americans signed up for coverage, the administration considers the law a great success. On April 1, the deadline for uninsured individuals to choose an insurance provider, Obama declared “This law is doing what it’s supposed to do. It’s working.”
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The president is calling for Republicans to end their bid to repeal the law. However, after Obama’s victory speech, Republicans didn’t feel the same. They questioned some plans being canceled, premium hikes, and actual payment from those enrolled.
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