As the nation prepares for the Supreme Court's decision about our access to affordable health care, both Alec MacGillis of The New Republic and Sabrina Tavernise of the Washington Post have written eye-opening articles about how little our fellow citizens actually know about the Affordable Care Act. The political theater that's been produced about the law remains unpopular, but those familiar with the law point out that the actual provisions in the law are quite popular when polled without the rhetorical gamesmanship. Eric Kleefeld of Talking Points Memo tweeted recently, "Pretty sure what makes Obamacare unconstitutional for Republicans is the Obama part."
So... is it socialism? Is the government going to take over your relationship with your doctor? Is it impossible, un-American, unaffordable? Will it kill business? Why have ideas, that are accepted by the majority of Americans, become so partisan? What is the Supreme Court deciding this week, anyway???
How is your business, state, family, employer, and community going to be affected by the law? Did you know most Americans are missing even the most basic information regarding the law - like the definition of an insurance exchange?
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I admit, though my family will be affected by it, I got sick of the fighting over health care, and never bothered to learn about the law.
While 48% of Americans were unsure about the law's status, or were lead to believe that the law had been repealed, my guest, Timothy Foley, was educating Americans about the actual law. He is the Policy Advisor for Greater NYC for Change, a grassroots organization that worked to rally support for the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Foley has conducted over 70 teach-ins and forums on the Affordable Care Act and the antecedent bills in Congress, as well as the plan by Rep. Paul Ryan on Medicare and Medicaid.
Mr. Foley was kind enough to recommend the following sites for more information:
Know Your Care is a 501 (c) 3 dedicated to educating the American people about the Affordable Care Act’s life-saving consumer and patient protections that are already benefitting millions of Americans and will benefit millions more in the coming years as additional provisions are implemented.
Health Care and You.org is a website designed to provide individuals, families, small business owners and health care professionals with easy-to-understand, personalized information about the health care law. It is sponsored by a coalition of stakeholders, including AARP, the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the American Cancer Society Action Network and others.
Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reform Source is a website by the non-profit, non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation. It is your must-see destination for information on the new law, running the gamut from the most basic questions to a thorough implementation timeline and discussion of health care economics.
HealthCare.gov is run by the Department of Health and Human Services. It is designed to be both a resource for those looking to understand the new law as well as those looking for what coverage options currently apply to them already.
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