Differing opinions on both sides of the Affordable Care Act

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The debate over the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is something that likely won’t go away for quite some time.

A rally in Hoover Friday aimed its sights at defunding the legislation. The Heritage Action Defund Tour made a stop at the Hyatt Regency in Hoover. The tour touted the reasons why they think Obamacare needs to be stopped.

“The way this bill is set up, it cannot work, and those that think they’re going to get good insurance from it are likely to end up on plans like Medicaid where doctors don’t want to see them,” explained former United States Senator Jim DeMint.

He says many people, including some Obama supporters, are now seeing the reality of the act for themselves.

DeMint says delays and concessions in key components show the unfair nature of the Affordable Care Act.

“It’s unfair because he’s given waivers to Congress to the federal bureaucracy,” DeMint commented. “He’s given big business a year delay, but he hasn’t given anything to the average American.”

However, not everyone sides with those in favor of stopping the act.

President of the Alabama AFLCIO, Al Henley, says there are some problems with the act, but he insists the issues will be fixed.

“I’m sure the entire program is going to have to be tweaked along the way, just like Medicare and Medicaid have had to be tweaked,” Henley said. “Everything congress does has to be tweaked.”

Henley says the ongoing debate stems from the issue that those who are opposed to the act are afraid of it.

“If it goes into effect, people are going to like it and it will be another thing people are crazy about like Medicare and Social Security,” added Henley.

DeMint says the only way to kill the deal is to pass a budget with no money to fund it.

“That funds the government and avoids a shut down, but it stops ObamaCare in its tracks,” DeMint said.

He believes Congress is ready to take those measures, but the budget needs to be passed by Sept. 30.

The remaining parts of the law that haven’t been delayed go into effect October 1.

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