Talk:Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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Legislative repeal and revision attempts[edit]

Hi! I work on a lot of articles about legislation and recently noted the 50th vote to repeal or revise the ACA that was taken in the House. (See ABC News). There are three more bills related to revising portions of the ACA being voted on under a suspension of the rules on the House floor today. (See The Hill). The section in this article on "repeal efforts" is fairly short, considering there have been so many. There also isn't a section (that I could find) addressing attempts to modify the ACA without repealing it entirely.

So, is there any interest in creating a separate article on repeal and revision attempts (and revision successes)? What about a section within this article (even if it is a simple list linking to articles about bills that attempted or succeeded in modifications)? If not, what is the community's criteria for including associated legislation in this article?

For example, the following bills might be included:

These bills aren't identical attempts to repeal it under different names - they are different bills that address different portions of the ACA. They would exempt some religious groups, allow employers not to count veterans with military health insurance on their list of employees, authorize a delay in the employer mandate and the individual mandate, and so on.

Anyway, I'm asking about it to solicit opinions (instead of editing a rather closely watched article without notice). Any ideas? (And yes, I do realize that some of those bill articles could use improvement...). Thanks! HistoricMN44 (talk) 19:25, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

Crickets. -- Cirrus Editor (talk) 23:20, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
I just met HistoricMN44 at a hackathon, and she mentioned this proposal to me. Given the number of attempts to repeal or revise the ACA and the volume of the debate about them, I think a new sub-article makes perfect sense.—Neil 19:41, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
Sub-article seems fine to me on this topic. Likely it will be fine to the many guardians of this article, too, because it doesn't address anything perceived as negative about the ACA. A sub-article is a good elephant graveyard for the information. -- Cirrus Editor (talk) 22:44, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
Note that if this is a POV fork designed to evade scrutiny and to advocate for a different view on the topic. Then it's disallowed. Ging287 (talk) 02:52, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
I don't intend it as such, no. Roughly 9 or so of the 50+ attempts have actually become law and many have had bipartisan support in the House (with no action taken in the Senate). The various attempts to repeal, reform, or correct small portions of the ACA are a significant part of this country's political history and will be a major issue in the upcoming elections. I think it makes sense to collect information about all the attempts, what they were, and what the different sides had to say about the matter. HistoricMN44 (talk) 13:34, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Any title suggestions? I'd like to see something more robust than a simple list. Is Attempts to repeal, reform, or replace the Affordable Care Act too long? Not neutral? Attempted amendments to the Affordable Care Act seems too broad - there are hundreds of bills that make small modifications to the ACA. The major bills do a variety of things - formalize delays in different provisions of the bill, exempt some groups or insurance plans from various requirements, regulate, and so on, so I'm not sure what a good catch all title would be. Suggestions? Thanks. HistoricMN44 (talk) 13:34, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
It seems to me that the relevant issue is the rather large difference between the ACA law as passed by the Peoples' representatives and "ObamaCare", which is the actual law as passed, then redefined by the SCOTUS, implemented with changes by royal decree, a small sub-set of those changes affirmed by the lower body of Congress, virtually none of them affirmed by the upper body yet all of them being imposed upon the people, who apparently have had and will have no say in the matter until this November. Thus I believe any such section should deal with the difference between the law the people were told they were getting and the law that is actually being imposed upon them, which seems to change every week at the whim of a POTUS who obviously feels that he is the only one with any legal authority to change or selectively enforce what we have been told is the "law of the land". Apparently it's his law and his land, not ours. InterpreDemon (talk) 22:03, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
Why not change the article, then? It's an embarrassment how woefully inadequate, incomplete, and out of date it is. -- Cirrus Editor (talk) 01:36, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
I gave up on that some time ago... the Obamatons are in charge and edits that bring the article into balance or reality are rarely spawned and almost never survive the masterful weaponization of WP rules and guidelines exhibited by the Left. In the years leading up to the actual implementation the arguments were over the theoretical outcomes (all rosy, of course) but now that the reality is turning out to be quite different and the arbitrary, lawless enforcement behavior of POTUS somewhat embarrassing, the editors have decided to simply freeze the article in it's theoretical ivory time capsule, using their WP expertise to systematically shoot down any and all suggestions that attempt to change the tone or bias of the article. That's how you end up with Michael Moore being accepted as an authoritative source but not Sarah Palin or George Will. Best to just let the article become an ever more perfect example of why WP should never be considered an authoritative and unbiased source for any topic where politics is involved. InterpreDemon (talk) 21:43, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
It's still embarrassing. -- Cirrus Editor (talk) 22:45, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 10 April 2014[edit]

was this written by an obamacare cheerleader what about the crappy website low enrollment numbers what about the LIES? what about the changes to the law? (talk) 18:37, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Red question icon with gradient background.svg Not done: it's not clear what changes you want made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. Please also note that your comments could be construed as uncivil - please calm down and leave the WP:SOAPBOX at the door. --ElHef (Meep?) 18:48, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
I tried removing it but it was hastily undone. It seemed rather peculiar placed where it was for no reason. This is not static information either; opinion polls change - sometimes rapidly.Myownworst (talk) 22:07, 11 April 2014 (UTC)


>> Obama Banks on Sebelius Leaving to Take Heat Off Party Lihaas (talk) 15:48, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 15 April 2014[edit]

I believe the politics section of this article is in violation of the "neutral point of view" rule. I would argue that none of the political information is relevant and makes the article subjective instead of objective. Counter arguments need to be offered, or proof from the ACA legal documents to disprove the claims in question. I would propose that the section be removed because it will simply be a point of contention. Quoting other articles that call Sarah Palin a liar isn't objective information it is exactly the opposite. (talk) 20:17, 15 April 2014 (UTC) LW

Red question icon with gradient background.svg Not done: it's not clear what changes you want made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. Cannolis (talk) 03:31, 16 April 2014 (UTC)