President Barack Obama signed the sweeping federal health care overhaul into law on March 23, 2010, but the debate over it is as fierce as ever. Congress designed this framework for revamping the nation's health care system to phase in over the next decade. Over that time, it's expected to expand health insurance coverage to more than 30 million additional Americans; help consumers better understand and compare health insurance policies; require insurers to cover pre-existing conditions; require insurers to spend at least 80 percent of their premium dollars on health care; and help fill a gap in prescription drug coverage for seniors.
The law has drawn fire from critics who argue it does little to control the soaring costs of health care. They also contend that the law is unconstitutional because it requires all Americans to purchase health care insurance. It's likely the U.S. Supreme Court will settle that legal question.
Meanwhile, public attitudes about the law remain divided as well. Depending on the poll, Americans are split or a majority favors its repeal.
Health reform law extends, enhances adoption credit Tucked into the 2,000-page federal health care law is a provision designed to help parents defray some of the costs of adoption. The law increases the federal adoption tax credit by about $1,000, and extends the program for another year.May 23, 2010
Pawlenty opts out of federal, high-risk insurance pool Gov. Tim Pawlenty says Minnesota will opt out of running one of the first programs to take effect under the new federal health care law.
The state already has a high-risk insurance pool, but the premiums in the federal program are expected to cost consumers less.April 30, 2010
Health care reform and Medicare Some of the most heated rhetoric in the battle over health care reform revolved around the impact on Medicare and seniors. Now that the health care reform bill is law, Midmorning looks at what seniors can expect.Midmorning, April 2, 2010
Small businesses wary of health care reform law Small businesses will be among the first in line to take advantage of provisions under federal health care reform. President Obama hailed the tax credits designed to make health plans more affordable. But some business owners say the tax credit doesn't reduce the cost of health insurance enough.March 30, 2010
Swanson in the spotlight over health care challenge Minnesota Republicans are pressuring Attorney General Lori Swanson, a Democrat, to file suit challenging the new health care reform law. Swanson is running for re-election this year, and the GOP wants this issue to put that race at the forefront.March 24, 2010