BOSTON (WWLP) – The Affordable Care Act went into effect on January 1st of this year. The goal was to make health insurance more accessible, but hundreds of thousands of people ended up losing their health care coverage.
Republican lawmakers who voted against the Affordable Care Act voiced their concerns on the State House steps. This week marks the one year anniversary of the Massachusetts House paving the way for Obamacare.
The state had a system that worked with 98-percent of people insured, but when the law took effect at the start of this year, things took a turn for the worse.
According to Rep. Ryan Fattman, (R) voted against Obamacare, “The day we implemented the Affordable Care Act here in Massachusetts, 250-thousand people who were previously insured lost their health insurance.”
The state Health Connector website, meant to help low-income families enroll in health insurance, was a disaster from the start, now costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars to fix.
A functioning Connector website is expected to be released in the fall, but will cost an additional $121-million to get it up and running.