The Affordable Care Act-mandated insurance exchanges are due to open for enrollment October 1. The Obama Administration estimates that over the next year-and-a-half, approximately 7 million people will sign up for coverage through the exchanges. In many ways, this is a make-or-break estimate: if very few people sign up, or if only older and sicker people sign up, then the implementation will likely turn into the “train wreck” that many have forecast.
Since the health care reform bill was first passed in March 2010, it has been both highly unpopular and divisive. Traditionally, the bill has been opposed by Republicans and supported by Democrats, but recent surveys suggest that liberal support for the act is fading as controversy brews. Polls suggest that just 42 percent of Americans support the bill.