Key Elements in Healthcare Law Begin Thursday

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Some key elements of President Barack Obama's healthcare law are set to take effect on Thursday. However, as midterm elections approach, the unpopular law has become a burden for Democrats seeking reelection -- and Republicans want to repeal it.

The massive health care overhaul went into law six months ago with Democrats saying they would be proud to campaign on it. Now several Democrats who are up for reelection this November are staying far away from the bill, and Republicans are using it to hammer them.

A new Rasmussen poll shows that 61 percent of likely voters want the bill repealed, while only 33 percent oppose repeal. Leading Democrats said the bill's unpopularity is due to misinformation, and they will attempt to reintroduce it to the American people.

CBN News spoke with Washington Times contributor Quinn Hillyer about the health care law and its opponents.  Click play for his comments, following the updated report with CBN News' Erick Stakelbeck.

"I think the more people engage in the conversation, the more they understand that we're getting serious about fraud and we're going to take the trust fund very seriously and protect those tax dollars, the more enthusiastic they get," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Some of the changes set to begin under the law:

  • Young adults can stay on their parent's insurance plans until they turn 26.
  • Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.
  • Insurance companies cannot drop people when they get sick.

"Consumers should be talking with their human resources departments or their insurance plans if they purchase coverage directly through the individual market to make sure that they are aware of when these changes actually occur," said Jennifer Tolbert, associate director of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Republicans said that if they pick up a substantial amount of congressional seats in the midterms, they will look roll back parts of the bill, if not dismantle it altogether.

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