The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, has caused many debates and disagreements lately.

The government was shut down for more than two weeks because the Republicans in the House refused to agree to a budget proposal that did not defund Obamacare.

As one reporter has pointed out, three years ago when the legislation passed, the Democrats did not threaten “pass Obamacare or we shut her down.”

It is ridiculous that the Republicans felt the need to make the entire nation suffer in order to attempt to get their way with a program that is only trying to improve the lives of Americans.

Although the ACA has good intentions and is designed to make affordable health care available to all Americans, there have been many problems that have plagued its introduction and implementation.

The website for the program has undergone many malfunctions, shutdowns, and has taken a few weeks to remove most of the bugs in the program.

Every day there is an article on Yahoo or some news broadcast that mentions all the problems, but there is seldom anything that mentions the successes.

Any new nationwide program is going to have problems, especially one that caters to nearly every American.

There are so many complaints about the ACA and what it is NOT doing that people forget how much good it could do and how much it could improve the lives of so many people by, among other things, stopping people from being driven to bankruptcy simply because of their medical bills.

My Family and Friends are being helped by the Affordable Care Act.

The people who are getting their coverage canceled and who are having major problems with the system are actually a very small percentage of the population, and yet their stories and woes are dominating the news, giving such bad publicity and eroding confidence in the program.

Personally, I do not know anyone whose coverage has been canceled or who is having an extremely hard time with the Affordable Care Act.

My parents recently switched over to the ACA because their coverage was canceled, but that was because they retired and moved to Washington, not because the ACA caused their current coverage to be canceled.

Although I do not know anyone who is struggling with the ACA, I do know many people who have benefited from it.

As I mentioned before, my parents just recently retired and, subsequently, my mother lost the coverage she had through her work in a hospital.

The ACA enables them to afford insurance that they might not have been able to afford before.

They don’t have to depend on their workplace or an insurance company with expensive rates to grant them insurance.

When they are able to sign up in January they have told me that the insurance they plan on purchasing would cost less than what they were paying before.

Another example of someone who has benefited from the ACA is one of my friends here at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She is from California, but now lives in Hawaii.

She supports herself by working and has loans and financial aid to pay for school. She has never had insurance, since she was never able to afford it.

With the Affordable Care Act, there are actually coverage options that she is willing to buy because they fall within her price range. The ACA greatly benefits her, since now she has a viable option to get insurance.

The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, and there have been many troubles that have plagued its early stages. There has also been sniping and loss of faith because of those problems.

But, in my opinion, just because the website is experiencing technical difficulties and delays, it still does not detract from the overall good that the ACA could accomplish.

Everyone will finally have access to easy, affordable health care. The good that this act could do overall outweighs any temporary setbacks that it is experiencing.

I think this should be a bipartisan issue, not one championed only by Democrats and booed by Republicans. Everyone should be in favor of increasing the common good and enabling many people — like my friend — who were uninsured before, to be insured under this act.

Ultimately I believe that this act benefits most, if not all, Americans. There is no good reason why so much is being done to cripple or attack the healthcare law, when its main goal is to improve the lives of the people.

About the author: Jessica Thawley is a sophomore at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Originally from Orange County, California, she is a biology major, as well as a member of the honors program and other clubs and organizations throughout campus.

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