(WASHINGTON) -- Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of the new health care law, and even a year after it was signed into action, the law continues to remain as controversial as it did when it was first conceived.
The new law has changed the lives of many Americans who now get insurance coverage under its provisions. In the first year under the reform, kids were granted insurance coverage regardless of pre-existing medical conditions; tax breaks were given to small businesses who provide health insurance for their employees; and a Medicare recipients got a 50 percent break on the cost of brand-name prescriptions.
But critics of the law say it's proven unworkable and much more expensive than supporters predicted. The Republican-led house has voted to repeal the law, and more than half the states have joined in lawsuits, claiming the law is unconstitutional. So far, three federal judges have upheld the law in legal challenges, while two judges have ruled it unconstitutional.
A new poll also shows that Americans are split about half and half on the new law, which Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell doesn't find surprising.
"The more Americans know about this bill, the less they like it," McConnell said.
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