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PHILADELPHIA — Confused about the proposed transformation of the national health care insurance system — and what the original, two-year-old federal law contains?
Even with six hours of legal debate at the Supreme Court last week about the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many Americans are still confused about what the law provides and how it improves the health care delivery system.
The law was signed by President Barack Obama more than two years ago on March 23, 2010 after federal legislators hotly debated the merits and pitfalls of the bill. Democratic legislators passed the bill in the House and Senate without a single Republican vote. Twenty-four Republican governors, Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire in Washington and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in Colorado, led the legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act that resulted in the Supreme Court case.
“The basic law actually provides the opportunity for the uninsured to gain access to the (health) insurance market. It also allows small company groups the access to new health insurance markets,” said Bill Ryan, assistant vice president of government relations and public affairs at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. “You are now able to access health care no matter what.”
Full article from the Times Herald here.