Ever since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in March 2010, the complexities of the health care reform have drawn criticism — even supporters winced at the length of the document. The complexities have also created a huge stumbling block for the government in its efforts to implement the piece of legislation that has become known as Obamacare. On July 8, Washington D.C.-based think tank Brookings Institution detailed why the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been so difficult. The analysis came just days after the Obama administration announced that the employer mandate, which requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide their workers with coverage or face penalties, would be delayed because the government and businesses needed more time to adjust to the changes — or the complexities the new system will bring.
With Obamacare still in the implementation phase, any insight into its complexities can be of value. These are our main takeaways from the report: