On Thursday, an MSNBC panel dug into the theory expressed in a recent Associated Press article which noted that all of the 20th and 21st Century’s major social welfare reform programs encountered “rocky” implementation issues but were ultimately viewed positively by posterity. The panel acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act, too, is confronting roll-out issues but wondered whether that program will be positively received by history.
MSNBC anchor Kristen Welker asked USA Today reporter Susan Page if the ACA could be received by historians better than it is being received by modern political observers and “at what point” would that shift in perspective occur.
“It’s definitely possible,” Page said. “It’s possible we’ll look back to see it as the transformation of the American health care system that provided nearly universal coverage and worked out.”
However, Page conceded that the problems associated with the ACA are what most are seeing today. She noted that the “fundamental assumptions” that serve as the foundation for the law’s success have yet to be confirmed.
“Yes, it’s possible that we’ll look back and see this as a huge achievement, but it’s also possible that the reverse will be the case,” Page concluded.
Watch the clip below via MSNBC:
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