GovSpot
      Back to Home

Government Online
Executive Branch
Judicial Branch
Legislative Branch
Local Government
State Government
World Government
Gov. Employees

News
Government News
Political News
Government Reports
Podcasts

The Library
Arts & Humanities
Consumer Info
Gov. Documents
Gov. Search Engines
Grants
Historic Docs.
Libraries
Museums
Statistics

Social Services
Education
Employment
Health
Social Security
Other Programs

Justice and Military
Crime/Justice
Defense
Intelligence
Law

Matters of Money
Business
Commerce
Econ/Finance
Gov. Contracting
Taxes

Science and Travel
Environment
Food/Agriculture
Science/Technology
Transportation
Travel/Recreation

World Affairs
Agreements
Humanitarian Aid
Int'l Affairs
Int'l Organizations
World Gov.
World Leaders

Politics
Politics Online
Elections
Political Parties
Polls/Opinion
Political Science
Political Humor

GovSpot
About GovSpot


Back to Home Page





 
s
s
s
Search GovSpot or Google |   Great Must-See sites   |   Read Articles and Lists | Find answers | Did you know?  
s

health care reform

s
Quick Facts & Resources | Websites | Key Players |
Headlines & Articles | Reports | Legislation | Supreme Court


On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), which is intended to reform the U.S. health care system, and marks the biggest shift in U.S. domestic policy since the 1960s. After more than a year of negotiations in Congress, the bill was first passed by the Senate in December 2009, and was then passed by the House of Representatives on March 21, 2010, by a vote of 219-212, without a single Republican in favor. That same day, the House also passed by a vote of 220-211 a companion measure known as the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872), which the Senate later approved and the president then signed into law. This companion measure contains a package of changes to be made to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The new law, estimated to cost $940 billion over 10 years, will eventually expand coverage to 32 million people who are currently uninsured. It will offer tax breaks to small businesses to help them offer insurance to employees; grant subsidies to those in certain income brackets to help them buy coverage; prevent insurance companies from dropping the coverage of people when they get sick or for preexisting conditions; and allow young adults to stay on their parents' policy until they are 26. Starting in 2014, most people will be required to have insurance or pay a penalty, and Medicaid will be expanded to include more of those with the lowest incomes.

"We are still a people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges," Obama said of the bill's passage. You can watch a video of President Obama signing the bill into law here, and read the transcript of the president's remarks and the vice president's remarks at the signing of the bill.

Still, a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll taken just ahead of the bill's passage showed that the American public was evenly split on health care reform, with 46 percent saying a reform bill should pass and 45 percent saying it should not. Also, Attorneys general from a dozen states filed suit to stop the overhaul just minutes after the bill signing, claiming that the law is unconstitutional.





On March 26, 2012, the Supreme Court began three days of hearings on challenges to the constitutionality of the law, and released its decision due in June. The Court upheld the health care law in a 5-4 ruling, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the deciding swing vote.

To learn more about health care reform and how it will impact you, check out the links below.


 Quick Facts & Resources

 Websites

 Key Players

  • PBS Online Newshour
    Profiles of the individuals who are majorly contributing to reform efforts.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Brief outline of the health care reform debate's key players, from individuals to organizations.
  • NYTimes
    Slideshow and brief description of individuals playing a key role in reform.
  • Congressional Budget Office
    The government agency that will calculate the costs of reform and must approve the final spending plan.

 Headlines & Articles

  • The New York Times
    Health care reform updates as they unfold.
  • Kaiser Health News
    Health reform news, updated throughout the day.
  • 5 Truths About Health Care in America
    Time breaks it down simply with this chart that compares U.S. health spending to that of other nations. 2008 data show that in the top spot, the U.S. spent $7,026 per capita on health care, while Russia came in last at just $369 per person.

 Reports


 Legislation


 Supreme Court




   --- Jennifer Borders

 
 Advertisement


More to Explore

GovSpot
Articles
Questions & Answers
Government Trivia
Lists
In the Spotlight
Issues

Government News
Politics
Government
Reports
Columnists
Op-Ed Pages
Polls
Talk Shows

Related Spots
LibrarySpot.com
HeadlineSpot.com
The StartSpot Network

Back to Home Page




s
s
Find more useful resources in popular areas of the StartSpot Network...
s
Today's Headlines
Grantseeker Resources
Online Museums
State News
Find a University
Click and Give
Online College
Genealogy How-To
Bargain Travel
Dictionaries
Encyclopedias
White Pages

s

© 1999-2014, StartSpot Mediaworks, Inc.
Advertising Information | Privacy Policy