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.
Tax paperwork rule in health care law likely won't survive Under a provision in the health care law, anyone who operates a business will have to file special paperwork with the IRS. But that rule will likely be stricken from the health care law, and with it, $19 billion in funding.January 24, 2011
Battle over health care reform likely to play out in court As long as President Barack Obama wields a White House veto pen, it's unlikely Republicans can succeed in repealing the law health care reform law outright, and that means the battle is likely to play out in the courts.December 20, 2010
Health care reform aims to encourage more cancer screenings The federal health care reform law is designed to encourage people to get colonoscopies and mammograms by removing the financial cost to consumers, but consumers shouldn't assume their screenings will, in fact, be free.December 1, 2010
Flex spending accounts less flexible under new health law The accounts allow workers to put aside pretax earnings specifically for out-of-pocket heath care expenses, but the federal health care reform law is cutting back on what those accounts will cover and how much workers can put into them.November 15, 2010
Pawlenty does about-face on insurance exchange idea Gov. Tim Pawlenty repeated his opposition Friday to so-called "insurance exchanges," a key piece of health care reform. That's a reversal from 2007, when Pawlenty proposed his own insurance exchange program for Minnesota businesses.October 8, 2010