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 care reform inches forward Health care reform got a boost last week when the U.S. Senate Finance Committee passed its version of the bill, but much work remains. The big sticking points remain how to pay for the legislation, and whether it will include a public option.Midmorning, October 21, 2009
Pawlenty offers his prescription for health reform On the same day a U.S. Senate committee approved a sweeping health care reform bill, Gov. Tim Pawlenty unveiled his own more modest plan he says will rein in health care costs in Minnesota.October 13, 2009
Senate committee approves health care plan With support from a lone Republican, a key
Senate committee Tuesday approved a middle-of-the-road health care
plan that moves President Barack Obama's goal of wider and
affordable coverage a giant step closer to becoming law.October 13, 2009
Mayo says Medicare changes needed in Obama plan President Obama's speeches on reforming America's health care system frequently invoke Mayo Clinic as a model for the rest of the nation to emulate, but the Mayo Clinic doesn't support Obama's plan as it currently stands.September 22, 2009
Doctors, lawyers say malpractice laws work in Minnesota President Obama last week tried to extend an olive branch to the GOP, by signaling support for some type of limited medical malpractice reform, but here in Minnesota, doctors and lawyers say the state's malpractice laws are already working.September 17, 2009