Now that the Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the Supreme Court and protected by the re-election of President Barack Obama, it is time to look forward to the benefits it will bring.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has done a nice job of explaining the benefits and answering questions on healthcare.gov.
Follow me below the fold for a quick guided tour.
Starting from the aptly titled section, How the health care law benefits you, you will find a nice overview of the law. The link labeled Timeline: What's Changing and When displays a nice interactive schedule of the implementation of the law.
Of particular note in the timeline is that the Affordable Insurance Exchange begins on January 1, 2014, with enrollment into plans beginning in the Fall of 2013.
One has to imagine that the 2014 midterm elections will be about the ACA - and I see it as a great opportunity for Team Blue. Once individuals are able to buy health insurance without pre-existing conditions at lower prices than today, they will not want to go back. I hope this is how we can re-take the house.
There are also sections on healthcare.gov of Frequently Asked Questions for individuals and business owners. For example, this page on small businesses is handy for dispelling myths that Obama is forcing small business owners to buy health insurance for their employees.
There's much more to find on healthcare.gov, so get after it!