After a year of debate, bipartisan posturing and bickering, the most sweeping social legislation in 4 decades was signed into law on Tuesday, March 23: health insurance reform legislation.
|President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff, react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the healthcare reform bill.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.
The White House said the new legislation will make health insurance affordable for middle class and small businesses while reducing premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
The government also said insurance companies will be accountable to keep premiums down and prevent denials of care and coverage, including for pre-existing conditions. Learn more about the law, how it impacts respiratory care and sleep professionals, and what your colleagues are saying about it.
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- Recession and Health Care
View a slideshow about how the turbulent economy makes it difficult for many Americans to afford health care.
- Health Care Reform Will Dominate News in 2010
Legally Speaking columnist A.L. DeWitt writes that the most important factor influencing the legal and health care landscapes in 2010 is the president's health care reform initiative.
» OPINION POLL
On March 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed health care reform legislation. Will this improve, not change, or worsen access and quality of health care?
Check out the responses in the Opinion Poll. Share your response by visiting The Opinion Poll on our homepage.
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