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.
Amid criticism, Pawlenty backtracks from state's rights comment Gov. Tim Pawlenty said last night he may invoke state sovereignty to keep Minnesota from fully participating in a health care reform plan, if passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. Today, he stepped back from those comments amid a chorus of criticism.September 11, 2009
Reaction to President Obama's health care plan President Obama says a public option remains something he would like to see in health care bills coming out of Congress. But he also said during his address to Congress last night that he's open to other ideas. Meanwhile, members of Congress say a public option has become a tougher sell.Midmorning, September 10, 2009
Obama's health care speech: Why Minnesota? President Obama tried to jumpstart his campaign for health care reform when he spoke to a joint session of Congress last night. And he'll continue the effort during a rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon.September 9, 2009
Kline's Rx for health reform: Start over U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., on Thursday called for Democrats to scrap their health insurance reform bill and draft a new one with more input from Republicans.August 20, 2009
Follow the health care dollar We know we spend a lot of dollars on health care, but where does all that money actually go? That lack of detailed knowledge about one of our biggest expenses seems to not even trouble many consumers of health care, until they have to pay for it themselves.Midmorning, August 19, 2009