Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"Three years ago, on March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law. Although the date for full implementation of most provisions of the law is January 1, 2014, the ACA has already had an impact on the goals of expanded coverage of the uninsured, improved access and better care delivery models, broader access to community-based long-term care, and more integrated care and financing for beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Although the ACA remains controversial, with many debates about its future as well as provisions already implemented, implementation is proceeding."
"The Affordable Care Act Three Years Post-Enactment," www.kff.org, Mar. 2013
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"...[T]he Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations and major media companies.
We serve as a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge--from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to information young people can use to improve their health or elderly people can use to understand their Medicare benefits.
The Kaiser Family Foundation is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries."
"About the Kaiser Family Foundation," www.kff.org (accessed May 19, 2010)
"'Since we began in 1991, our goal has been to build an institution that plays a special role as a trusted source of information in a health care world dominated by vested interests. That institution-building process continues today.'"
Drew Altman, PhD, "Kaiser Family Foundation: History, Spending and Governance," www.kff.org (accessed May 19, 2010)