The #hcr debate is too important to be tired of

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The #hcr debate is too important to be tired of
The #hcr debate is too important to be tired of
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The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this week regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and that reminded me of an Ira Glass introduction to a 2009 episode of NPR’s “This American Life.” Glass examined the collapse of the U.S. banking system – arguably, a dire event that many would have liked not to think about.

Sympathizing with our bad news weariness over the awful truth of the financial crisis, Ira shared a news confession of his own:

“Maybe you are on the verge of just giving up. Figuring this is just one of those news stories that you are just going to kinda sit out. You know? I sat out Kosovo. I am not proud about that fact. But I did.“

I empathize with that feeling, like you want to sit out the re-hashing of health care reform. But get this: 60% of people still don’t even understand how the Affordable Care Act affects them, two years after it was signed into law. (And probably close to 100% of us could probably use a refresher. The Obama administration created a site devoted to helping us understand the changes. The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein also explained health reform on his Wonkblog in a post that is still helpful a year later.)

Whatever you think of the legislation – and in particular, the much-criticized individual mandate – it is critically important to all of us, especially the tens of millions who have gained health care coverage thanks to this law. Creating health care equality needs all of our energy.

The #hcr debate is too important to be tired of

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