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Health Care Reform: The beginning

January 5, 2011 - Mary Ann Heath
Alas, I’ve developed a plan — redicilous or brilliant, depending how you look at it. For the next year — all 52 weeks — I will read and blog about health care reform.

For the past year, I’ve paid minimal attention to the foray. So much of what was said went over my head because I hadn’t read any part of the bill. And, honestly, I was turned off by the sometimes gruesome public debate that ensued. Citizens and lawmakers on all sides of the spectrum railed against and rallied for reform. The fight was, and still is, quite ugly. The GOP has even announced plans to vote to repeal the overahaul next week. In the midst of political battle, it becomes difficult to discern the truth. And rather than rely on “the spin” from media outlets, I’d like to take a look at the bill myself.

The full text of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” is 906 pages, according to the version I’ve downloaded off The Library of Congress’ Web site. I have my work cut out for me. Each week I will read around 18 pages and blog my interpretation.

I have no law degree, but interpreting information and relaying it in layman’s terms comes with a journalist’s job description. I’m sure there will be times I will need expert opinions, and as always, it will be attributed.

Next week’s blog will include the first 18 pages, most of which is a table of contents. The real reading begins on page 12, with “Title I—Quality, Affordable Health Care For All Americans.”

Wish me luck.


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