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Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Health Law Still Misunderstood, Divisive At Age 3

News outlets examine how the health law is impacting various Americans and changing the health care system.

The Associated Press: Obama Health Law Anniversary Finds Two Americas
Three years, two elections, and one Supreme Court decision after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, its promise of health care for the uninsured may be delayed or undercut in much of the country because of entrenched opposition from many Republican state leaders. In half the states, mainly led by Democrats, officials are racing deadlines to connect uninsured residents to coverage now only months away. In others it’s as if "Obamacare" — signed Mar. 23, 2010 — had never passed (Alonso-Zaldivar, 3/21).

Politico: Will Americans Ever Love Obamacare?
Someday, the law's backers insisted, Obamacare will make the transition from a divisive idea to a widely popular one, from a program that many people still find confusing and scary to a familiar and comforting part of American life. This weekend, which marks the third anniversary of the law's passage, one thing remains clear: Someday has not yet arrived, and may not for a long time (Millman and Norman, 3/22).

CBS News: Obamacare's 3rd Anniversary: By The Numbers
The Affordable Care Act has been law of the land for three years now -- President Obama signed the legislation on March 23, 2010 -- but it remains a source of controversy and mystery for many Americans. Meanwhile, some of the most significant parts of the law have yet to take effect. Three years after the enactment of Obamacare, here's a look at some key figures that shed light on the status of the law's implementation, its impact on the nation and public opinion (Condon, 3/22).

Kaiser Health News: Video Roundtable: At Health Law Anniversary, Even Bigger Changes Loom?
A roundtable of reporters weigh in on what's changed since the ACA became law three years ago for consumers, businesses, state governments, and what's next for expanding Medicaid and launching exchanges (3/21).

Kaiser Health News: From The State Capitals: The ACA At Three??
As the health law marks its third anniversary, much of the action surrounding its implementation has shifted to the states. ... We checked in with reporters on the ground in Colorado, Florida and Minnesota to find out what they view as the most significant developments to happen in their states since the law’s passage and what future challenges they see ahead (3/22).

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