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It has been a year since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama. However, the proponents and opponents of the law are still engaged in a raging battle over the provisions of the legislation. Both parties plan to mark the 1st anniversary of the health care law with a series of events.
Progressive groups and administration officials are planning over 100 events across the nation this week to trumpet the advances made by the health care law, while Republicans continue their attack on its provisions.
Some of the famous Democrats who will be promoting the law this week include the secretary of health and human services, Kathy Sebelius; the secretary of agriculture, Tom Vilsack; and the secretary of labor, Hilda Solis.
The administrator of the Small Business Administration, Karen Mills, and Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, as well as the Democratic majority leader, Senator Harry Reid, will also be joining their fellow Democrats in promoting the health care law.
A total of 75 events in 27 states will also be sponsored this week by Health Care for America Now, a coalition of advocacy organizations. They have set a theme for each day.
Monday will be about protecting small business’ care, Tuesday will be about protection seniors’ care, Wednesday is about protecting patients’ rights, Thursday is about protecting women’s care and Friday will be about protecting young adults’ care.
On the other hand, Joe Pitts, one of those pushing the case for repeal among the Republicans and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, has a hearing scheduled in Harrisburg on Wednesday morning.
The subject of that meeting is the health care law and its alleged one year of broken promises. The Republican governor Pennsylvania, Thomas W. Corbett, will give the opening remarks.