This week’s issue of The Economist had a pretty good article supporting the bill’s passage. Obviously, they went to press long before it was signed, but I think it’s fairly applicable. The long and short is that the bill doesn’t really fulfill what its sponsors set out to do, but that it does begin to address spiraling costs and fulfills what that (European) publication sees as the last large gap between the US and the rest of the world’s rich countries in that it provides some sort of coverage for all.
I haven’t actually read the bill as signed, but I’ve promised myself I should/would, so I might start doing that tonight. I’ll add an intelligent response containing my thoughts when I can reasonably do so.