Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"The [health care reform] bill... represents a national commitment to reform the worst elements of the current system. It will provide coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans, prevent the worst insurance company abuses, and begin to wrestle with relentlessly rising costs - while slightly reducing future deficits...
Over time the reforms could bring about sweeping changes in the way medical care is delivered and paid for. They could ultimately rival Social Security and Medicare in historic importance.
The United States is the only advanced industrial nation that does not provide or guarantee health care coverage for virtually all of its citizens. It is a moral obligation to end this indefensible neglect of hard-working Americans. The bill does not quite reach full universality, but by 2019, fully 94 to 95 percent of American citizens and legal residents below Medicare age will have coverage. The bill achieves that by requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance, providing subsidies to help the middle classes buy policies on new competitive exchanges, and expanding Medicaid coverage of the poor to include childless adults and others not currently eligible...
Just as Social Security grew from a modest start in 1935 to become a bedrock of the nation's retirement system, this is a start on health care reform, not the end."
"Health Care Reform at Last," www.nytimes.com, Mar. 22, 2010
Media and Academic Journals Mainstream print, broadcast, radio, and internet media entities such as the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, National Public Radio, Slate.com, Seattlepi.com, etc., as well as influential academic journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Foreign Policy, etc.
"The [New York] Times, a daily (Monday through Saturday) and Sunday newspaper, commenced publication in 1851.
The Times is circulated in print in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and worldwide... According to reports filed with the Audit Bureau of Circulations ('ABC'), an independent agency that audits the circulation of most U.S. newspapers and magazines, for the six-month period ended September 30, 2009, The Times had the largest daily and Sunday circulation of all seven-day newspapers in the United States. In 2009, The Times had more than 820,000 readers who have subscribed for the print edition for two years or more, up from 650,000 in 2000."
"New York Times Company 2009 Annual Report," www.nytco.com, 2009
"The New York Times is dedicated to providing news coverage of exceptional depth and breadth, as well as opinion that is thoughtful and stimulating."
"Did You Know? Facts about the New York Times," nytimes.com, Mar. 2010
959,200 (average weekday circulation in 2009); 1,405,200 (average Sunday circulation in 2009)