HARRISBURG—The ink is barely dry on the health care reform bill, but yet the debate over its merit, is a hot topic. Democrats, Republicans and citizens, all trying to figure out how this bill will change their lives.
Governor Ed Rendell appeared on ABC's "This Week" to highlight some of the good he believes the health care reform bill can do. He also attacked Attorney General Tom Corbett and other Attorney General's across the nation who plan on suing the fed over this bill.
"As more and more people understand what's in this bill, people are going to like it," said Rendell.
"It is a house of cards, it's a ponzi scheme of the first order," said Senator Lindsey Graham, (R) South Carolina.
Even though the health care reform bill is now law, the debate is just heating up. Governor Ed Rendell, siding with the President, praising the bill. He likes the idea of extending health care to 32 million uninsured Americans. Specifically, he likes the clause that stops the insurance company practice of denying coverage for preexisting conditions. He also likes extending coverage for kids on their parents plan to age 26.
"So as all of these benefits roll out it's going to change public perception of the bill and of the President," Rendell said.
"Obama care could cost the economy 5.5 million jobs lost. That is not going to bring us back to economic health going forward," said Representative Michele Bachmann, (R) Minnesota.
But the Republicans and the public seem a bit more hesitant. Republicans are mad over the size and cost of the bill and the idea that the federal government is mandating everyone buy insurance or face a fine.
A new Washington Post poll finds the country is also split over the law. Forty-six percent polled say they support the reform while 50 percent oppose.
Thirteen Republican State Attorney Generals and one Democrat are joining forces to file a lawsuit against the law, calling it unconstitutional.
"I don't think the U.S. government has the power or authority to force us to purchase health insurance any more than in the name of Homeland Security they force every American to have to buy a gun," said Governor Haley Barbour, (R) Mississippi.
Some of the changes to health care practices will be immediate while others will take up to 10 years to start. Denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions will end this year for children, while adults will have to wait until 2014. Other things like high taxes on expensive insurance plans won't go in to effect until 2018.