With the outcome of the rapidly approaching midterm elections unpredictable, the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) hangs in the balance. Voting for the legislation was partisan: not one Republican in the House or Senate voted for the ACA, and candidates are promising to seek repeal. Democrats are set on maintaining the law’s proposals for health insurance exchanges and subsidies, but are struggling to make the funding and cooperation from insurers, businesses, and citizens materialize. Given these party divides and logistical difficulties, it’s likely that the battle over health care reform will continue into the 2012 presidential elections and beyond.
On October 13, Brookings expert Henry Aaron answered your questions about the high stakes surrounding health policy during the midterm elections in a live web chat moderated by David Mark, senior editor at POLITICO.