Vol. 12, No. 1, September 2009
Health Care Reform 2009
Click here for your own copy of the 1000+ pages of H. R. 3200, "America's Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009," from the Library of Congress' Thomas website. As usual, Thomas provides links to various pieces of information concerning the legislation that may be of interest, like "all actions taken," and a Congressional Research Services summary, among other links.
This website (now archived), managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, is rich in information, all of it pro reform of course. Since the Affordable Health Care Act was passed on March 23, 2010 current information is found here. One interesting feature is a map of the United States which permits you to click on your state and call up a fact sheet that details what health reform affects your state. Take the Health Reform Quiz in the right-hand navigational bar to measure your level of familiarity with the terms of the legislation.
FactCheck, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, has become a go-to source for campaign reporters and the bane of hyperbole. Use this site to learn how to address Seven Falsehoods About Health Care (including that the bill is paid for). Did you receive that chain e-mail "documenting" 48 mostly false assertions about H. R. 3200, complete with page cites to the legislation? If so, you need this FactCheck page to help you combat 26 additional lies about H. R. 3200.
The Washington Post has maintained an informative page since 2009 that reports current events in the health reform debate. Of special interest is a blog called "The Daily Dose" which appears in the middle of the page on the left, and a section entitled "Multimedia" right under "The Daily Dose" that has an interesting clip on the discredited notion that H. R. 3200 contains a provision for "death panels." Be sure to check out the section entitled "Info Graphics" which uses graphics to bring home certain points, for example, "Health-Care Reform, What It Means for You."
Taken from the website: GovTrack is an independent, non-partisan, non-commercial, and open-source website whose primary goal is to provide comprehensive legislative tracking for everyday citizens. GovTrack compiles the text of legislation (mostly from the Thomas source used for the first website), House and Senate voting records, and campaign finance data and makes it easily accessible to visitors. The link on GovTrack for H. R. 3200 is interesting because it enables one to set up an RSS feed to be kept up-to-date on congressional action on this legislation, as well as a section that shows which organizations have taken a position on H. R. 3200, and a do-it-yourself question and answer section where anyone can answer questions posed by the public. The "Q&A" section is not an authoritative source of information, but it is an interesting way to get an idea of the public's level of understanding regarding health care reform.