The Affordable Care Act is not perfect but if you do not require people to have insurance they will not carry it and will get their medical care free from the emergency room where it is the most expensive way to provide medical care. And we all will pay for their care through higher premiums. If my opponent wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act what is his plan for what is going to replace it (Remember don't criticize unless you have a better idea!)? Do we really not want to keep:
Getting rid of the Doughnut hole. Medicare drug plans (Part D of Medicare) stop providing insurance to people after their claims for covered drugs hit a certain level ($2,970 in 2013), and coverage doesn't resume until spending hits another level ($4,750 in 2013). Health care reform is closing this doughnut hole in annual stages, and it will be totally closed by 2020. Savings to Medicare beneficiaries will be in the tens of billions of dollars.
Free preventive services to all women. Health insurance plans have added eight women's health benefits because of the law, in areas including breastfeeding, contraception, domestic violence, gestational diabetes, HIV screening and counseling, sexual diseases and wellness visits. These benefits are free, meaning they involve no co-payment or co-insurance, and women don't need to meet their plan deductibles to use these free services.
Coverage for Pre-existing conditions. Beginning in 2014, no one can be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing medical condition.
Premium equity. Insurers can't gouge people with pre-existing conditions by forcing them to pay unreasonably high premiums. The law also limits insurers' ability to impose age-related premium increases for private coverage.
End of pre-existing restrictions on children's access to health insurance. The law has ended insurance denials based on pre-existing conditions for the roughly 20 million children under age 19.
Adult dependent insurance coverage. Adult children up to age 26 can now continue to get health insurance on their parent's policies.