I'm not sure the minimum wage increase would help or hurt more. For people in my situation (unemployed student) it makes it less likely that an employer can afford a new employee, meaning fewer job openings. For those in full-time minimum-wage jobs, I'm sure a pay increase is great.
Personally, I don't know many people working full-time at minimum wage. Many employers hire several part-time employees for one position to avoid paying out benefits. Perhaps a wage increase helps them, too.
As for the Affordable Care Act, it could not survive as optional; the whole point of making it mandatory to buy insurance was that the plan could not be paid for otherwise. Not that the cost hasn't rocketed beyond projections, but what government program hasn't?