I know, I'm not trying to debate the ACA. The reality is that it is a law now. I only brought it up to discuss some of the positive and negative consequences of the law, and some of the challenges we will face because of it. One of the impacts will be a systematic, gradual increase in the number of people opting into healthcare through this program, as more businesses decide to reduce their full-time labor force in response to ACA. I mentioned this, because there was a discussion earlier about the "economic health" of the US vs. the national debt. Even though the government is in big trouble, the United States private economy is still performing reasonably well, with a large percentage of the global wealth. The primary reason we are doing okay now is because of this general separation between the economy and government.
However, a variety of factors including the recession, cost of living, and economic burdens on small businesses, have created a situation where an increasing number of Americans are relying on government programs simply to make ends meet. These programs are very much necessary for people to get back on their feet, but trying to convince ourselves that this is an ideal situation, or a direction that we want to proceed in, is undermining the fundamental strength of the United States - which is, the separation of economy and government. But as far as I can see, neither the Democrats nor Republicans have a game plan in sight for accomplishing this - and actually improving the economic viability of finding full-time employment. I would hope that the vast majority of Americans realize the many benefits that all of us, as average Americans, receive from a free-market economy.
Certainly, I realize there is a school of thought that there is nothing wrong with government providing services in a variety of sectors. But due to the fact that the government is not at the whim of the same economic pressures faced by other business companies, it becomes difficult for people then to find other, competitively-priced alternatives, if they find themselves utilizing a government-subsidized program. For example, there are growing third-party movements favoring tax deductions for companies willing to increase the number of full-time hires. These are the types of pro-free-market initiatives that will actually stimulate our economy, but is represented in neither the Democratic, nor Republican positions.