What You Need to Know About the New Health Care Law

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.


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?



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