Proponents, Opponents Continue Focus On Health Law Anniversary
Media outlets are reporting on the politics surrounding the law's one-year mark and are detailing where the measure's implementation stands, how things have changed, what is yet to come and where controversies are rooted.
Marketplace: Health Care Law Turns One
We are one year into the the Obama health care law. And most of the law's major provisions haven't kicked in yet. But hospitals and insurance companies are ramping up preparation efforts. One provision involves insurance cooperatives, or co-ops, which are meant to be a low-cost insurance option. ... A clinic in Maryland trying to morph into a co-op ... is part of a county program for the uninsured and working poor called Healthy Howard. Patients pay $50 to $85 a month for a set number of doctor visits (Marshall Genzer, 3/21).
The Hill: Pro-Reform Group Releases Anniversary Study Of Health Care Law's Benefits
The consumer health advocacy group Families USA released a state-by-state analysis Monday of the health care reform's benefits to kick off a week of events marking the law's first anniversary (Pecquet, 3/21).
CNN: American Sauce: Health Care Law Turns One
This week in American Sauce, we drill down to specifics on what is happening with the health care law now. Example: those temporary high-risk pools, set up to help the uninsured before bigger reforms kick in, are not doing that well. Demand is 1/30th of what the Feds expected (Audio) (Desjardins, 3/21).
ABC: Health Care Law's First Anniversary: Why Haven't Americans Seen Changes Yet?
With insurance premiums rising rapidly, most Americans still don't know what the health care law means for them. A poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation this month found that 52 percent of Americans still do not feel they have enough information about the health reform law to understand how it will affect them personally, compared to 47 percent who think they do. The numbers match those of a year ago, when 56 percent said they did not have adequate information (Khan, 3/22).
Fox News: One Year In, Health Care Law Continues to Create Controversy
"Prevention is being pushed and promoted across the country. That's a big change," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. But critics say there's no free lunch and that adding benefits increases the cost of insurance. "We put a huge number of new mandates on what insurance has to cover and then tell people they're not going to have to pay anymore for it and we're already learning - it can't work," says Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute and author of the book "Why Obamacare Is Wrong for America" (Angle, 3/22).
National Journal: Democrats Take To The Heartland With Their Case For Health Law
The Obama administration began a series of low-key events this week to note the first anniversary of the health care law, first focusing on small-business tax credits that federal officials say not enough employers are claiming (McCarthy, 3/21).
Kaiser Health News: Health On The Hill: Analyzing The Health Law's Rocky First Year
Kaiser Health News staff writer Mary Agnes Carey and NPR's Julie Rovner talk with KFF's Jackie Judd about developments on the Hill, including this week's one-year anniversary of the health law (3/21). Watch the video or read the transcript.