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.
MN disabilities program gets $1.8M grant A Twin Cities-area program that serves adults with disabilities and complex medical conditions has won a major innovation grant under the federal health care law.May 8, 2012
Supreme Court misunderstanding on health overhaul? A possible misunderstanding about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul could cloud Supreme Court deliberations on its fate, leaving the impression that the law's insurance requirement is more onerous than it actually is.April 10, 2012
Outside Supreme Court, Santorum argues own case Republican presidential candidate Rick
Santorum appeared outside the Supreme Court on Monday as the
justices heard arguments over whether President Barack Obama's
overhaul of the nation's health care system is constitutional.March 26, 2012
Justices ready to move to heart of health case The Supreme Court has finished the first of
three days of arguments on the fate of the Obama administration's
overhaul of the nation's health care system. The justices appear
unlikely to allow an obscure tax law to derail the case.March 26, 2012
State: Health care law repeal would hit harder outside MN Other states are likely to be affected more if the Supreme Court dismantles the health care reform overhaul, but Minnesotans still have reason to pay attention. The high court on Monday begins hearings on a challenge to the law.March 26, 2012
In health case, combustible mix of politics and law U.S. Supreme Court is set to begin hearing oral arguments Monday in a Republican-led challenge to the national health care law that has convulsed the country and its political class for more than two years -- and may well define President Obama's tenure in the White House.March 25, 2012
Feds release health overhaul blueprint for states Tackling a huge logistical challenge, the
Obama administration Monday released an ambitious blueprint for
states to match up uninsured Americans with coverage that's right
for them under the health care overhaul law.March 12, 2012
Obama's health care law: A trek, not a sprint Even if Obama is re-elected, he won't be in office to oversee completion of his signature domestic policy accomplishment, assuming Republicans don't succeed in repealing it.March 11, 2012