As President Obama and his allies gear up to defend the landmark healthcare law he signed two years ago, they confront an unforgiving math problem: Just a tiny fraction of Americans has experienced a major benefit from the law.
At the same time, tens of millions have continued to see insurance premiums and medical bills rise as they did before the legislation was signed.
That reflects the design of the complex law, in which many of the key provisions were delayed in a bid to hold down costs and minimize disruptions while new systems are put in place to expand coverage. The law will not guarantee insurance to all Americans until 2014, and may take many more years to rein in healthcare costs.
But the president and congressional had nonetheless hoped that a handful of early benefits — such as allowing adult children to remain on their parents' health plans until age 26 — would rally the public behind the law by now.
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Source: Los Angeles Times