Our guest bloggers are Emily Oshima, a Research Associate/Policy Analyst with the Health Policy team and Lindsay Rosenthal, a Special Assistant for Domestic Policy at the Center for American Progress.
While the ACA has helped millions of Americans since it President Obama signed it into law on March 23, 2010, a recent poll found that nearly half (47 percent) of uninsured Americans did not expect to be affected by the health reform law, either positively or negatively, and half (52 percent) were unaware of key provisions of the ACA that were designed to help them.
Proponents of the ACA have produced a sea of fact sheets and issue briefs that try to make the law more approachable. At the same time, many have spread misinformation about the ACA, resulting in a great deal of confusion among the American people about what the law actually does and how it works.
So we at the Center for American Progress (CAP) teamed up with Jonathan Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and former advisor to Governor Romney and President Obama on health care reform, and illustrator Nathan Schreiber, to explain the mechanics and importance of the ACA in a three minute easy-to-digest animated video. Illustrating the Success of Health Care Reform, based on Gruber’s new book, Health Care Reform: What It is, Why it’s necessary, and How it Works, tells the story of reform and explains why key components of the ACA, like the individual mandate, are necessary. We invite everyone to take a break from complex graphs and charts and meet the ACA-animated in this fun and informative cartoon. Watch it: