For 50-yr-olds without children, it seems reasonable that they could keep a plan that does not include maternity benefits. Their plans might otherwise be quite adequate. Their plans might not include dental (Medicare does not include dental). Will the govt mandate that Medicare patients carry dental coverage now?
Ever-growing numbers of doctors are refusing Medicaid patients. Will the expansion of Medicaid be of much help to those people who will now depend on Medicaid, but can't find a doctor to treat them? They might as well be uninsured. If they can't find a doctor who accepts Medicaid, they will still be going to the emergency rooms when they get sick.
Buzz, you are an intelligent person. You work hard and are employed in what appears to be a responsible position. Is every decision or solution always all or nothing? This law was passed hastily without careful examination. It has numerous flaws. Experts say that the website debacle cannot be fixed; the best fix is to start from scratch. Isn't it possible that the law, itself, is the same?