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What You Need to Know About the New Health Care Law

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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What You Need to Know About the New Health Care Law

Posted by Lindsay Ferrier

Health Care LawWhether you agree or disagree with the new health care law, the fact is that it's currently in place, and already changing the face of health care as we know it.

Unfortunately, learning the facts about the new health care law can be difficult. Republicans and religious organizations have come out swinging against it, and the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this month over whether the law is constitutional.

Before you decide what you think about the new law, you need to know what it actually does, and that's where our health care law video comes in handy.

We've got it for you after the jump, and I hope you'll give it a watch. In just five minutes, you'll learn what it does and what it's going to do over the next few years if it remains in effect ... as well as some of the arguments against it.

Then tell me in the comments what you think.

VIDEO HERE

Understand that I'm not advocating for or against the law with this story -- I do believe, though, that too many people are parroting those on both sides without knowing the facts.

I'll be writing more about the law and the arguments against it in the coming days (including the latest challenge to the contraception provision), but in the meantime, if you want to learn more about the new law, here are the links I referenced in the story that will give you some good information:

  • Healthcare.gov is the government website explaining the new law. It lays out the provisions in the law, from the government's perspective, in clear, easy-to-understand terms.
  • The Kaiser Family Foundation offers a more non-biased look at healthcare reform, also in terms that anyone can understand.
  • Professor Miriam Laugesen recommends Health Care Reform, by Jonathan Gruber, which is available at Amazon for $9.83. It's actually written in comic book format and provides an informative, entertaining look at the new law.

In addition, both Professor Laugesen and Anna Benyo with the National Women's Law Center have agreed to take your questions on the new health care law. Want to know how it will affect you? Leave a question in the comments and I'll send it to them. I'll have answers to your questions in an upcoming post.

In the meantime, though, what do you think of the new law?

by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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CoeyG
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM

So far the new law hasn't done a damn thing for my needs.  Right now it costs me $500.00 a month for decent health care, so I have to wait until 2014 when I'll be on Medicare...yippiee.  

kam013
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 2:39 PM

It hasn't changed much for us other than an increase in premiums. 

I know for some parents of adult children it allowed them to keep their kids on their policies longer, but our provider had always allowed that, so that was not a change for us. 

Dawn1118
by on Mar. 5, 2012 at 2:08 PM

The one thing about the law that I say "finally" to is coverage for birth control!  I worked in Healthcare for over 20 years and I never understood why insurance would pay for abortions but NOT birth control...Hello!

Why123
by Nancy on Mar. 5, 2012 at 2:28 PM

We have been paying more for healthcare too.  The insurance companies want to make as much money as they can before the law goes into effect.  What the republicans have against reform is that it will take the kickbacks and payoffs out of their pockets.  When they tried to reform prescription drugs the law was mostly funded by the pharmaceutical companies.  That meant it benefited them, not the poor people that it was meant to help.  If the republicans start to change the law, it will put money back in their pockets while poor Americans will be charged more and more.  I think that this country should stop being financed by the poor and start being financed more equally by the wealthy.  Getting down off my soapbox.

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