Retired UI professor provides clarification on Affordable Care Act

Retired UI professor provides clarification on Affordable Care Act

A local expert on the Affordable Care Act said he's not convinced that there's any evidence that the plan will cost the country jobs.

Retired University of Illinois Political Science Professor Robert Rich made the comments Wednesday on the WDWS Morning Show.

He said there is more fear than hard evidence that employers are avoiding hiring full-time employees because of the law.

Rich added that the Affordable Care Act places restrictions on insurance companies on how much they can increase premiums per year. People also can't have their coverage cancelled because they're sick or if they have a pre-existing condition.

Rich also said not everyone will be eligible to get insurance under the new program.  He said about 51 million Americans do not have insurance or are under-insured, and through the new law, President Obama is looking to get those people health coverage and make insurance more affordable.

But Rich said the Affordable Care Act is not aimed to cater to several groups.

You can start signing up for the new health care law on Tuesday of next week.

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