SCOTUSblog’s Tom Goldstein takes a stab at his first “effort at real journalism” with an in-depth, 7,000-word breakdown of the nine-minute period after the Supreme Court released its opinion and when CNN reversed itself and reported that the mandate had been upheld. It’s a fascinating read and a great piece of journalism.
Hard to believe that one of the biggest stories of that day was CNN botching the news.
What people call “Obamacare” is actually the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. However, people were calling it “Obamacare” before everyone even hammered out what it would be. It’s a term mostly used by people who don’t like the PPACA, and it’s become popularized in part because PPACA is a really long and awkward name, even when you turn it into an acronym like that.
Anyway, the PPACA made a bunch of new rules regarding health care, with the purpose of making health care more affordable for everyone. Opponents of the PPACA, on the other hand, feel that the rules it makes take away too many freedoms and force people (both individuals and businesses) to do things they shouldn’t have to.
So what does it do? Well, here is everything, in the order of when it goes into effect (because some of it happens later than other parts of it).
Now, there’s no excuse. Doesn’t matter if you’re for or against it, so long as you understand what the law is and have an educated opinion about it.
Politics aside, it’s a valiant effort by PBS NewsHour to get at the truth of the reform law. When politics gets involved American citizens have a difficult time getting accurate information or pertinent questioned answered.
One thing that stood out to us in the report was this: “at current rates and even with reform, by 2037 the average American’s entire paycheck will go toward health insurance costs.” It’s clear something needs to be done on this front ASAP.