A Few Tools to Help Make Sense of Healthcare Reform

By Jorge Rivas Mar 29, 2010

President Obama is set to finalize the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" tomorrow when he signs a 153-page bill of "corrections" to the measure he signed last week. With all the updates and misinformation, it’s almost impossible to keep up with the news and figure out how these changes will effect us. But lucky for you, several news sites have created online tools to help you make sense of healthcare reform. The health bill expands Medicaid to all individuals and families with income at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level. But another change that is clear is that most residents will need to have health insurance or face penalties. The Washington Post has a tool that estimates what this could mean for "your health coverage and taxes based on your income, family size and current insurance status."
With an interactive timeline, The New York Times puts health care reform in context with the history of health care in the U.S. For a more comprehensive study of the healthcare debate, The Kaiser Family Foundation has a side-by-side comparison of the major healthcare reform proposals and allows users to compare the law and other plans across key characteristics. Lastly, the White House has released a 3 minute video detailing several benefits you can expect to see this year. Hat tip to 10000words.net