Supporters, opponents mark reform anniversary

A year after President Obama signed healthcare reform into law, supporters and opponents made their cases in editorial pages across the country on Wednesday.

First lady Michelle Obama focused on the preventive healthcare benefits included in her husband’s signature legislative achievement.

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, preventive services like mammograms, colonoscopies, cervical screenings and treatment for high blood pressure are available in new plans without any out of pocket costs,” she wrote on Yahoo. “We know that these kinds of preventive services will go a long way in preventing chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and high-blood pressure, which touch the lives of millions of Americans.”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Republicans are continuing to fight for repeal of the law.

“[T]he contents of this law are even worse than anyone expected,” they wrote in a Cincinnati Enquirer joint op-ed. “And that's saying something.”

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the Finance Committee’s top Republican, argued for replacing the law with a strategy that puts states in control of reform.

"One year later and you don’t need a Ph.D. in economics to know that this law is a budget-buster that raises taxes, increases already out-of-control health costs, puts Washington in charge — all while putting our already fragile entitlements on an even worse fiscal footing,” Hatch wrote in the Salt Lake Tribune.