Today comes the launch of, one of the first Affordable Care Act provisions to come into effect. It’s a website designed to help Americans understand the health care options they have. Starting in 2014 it’ll be an invaluable guide to the “exchanges” and other crucial ACA provisions, but as of now if you check it out I think you’ll see that it’s still a very useful tool for informing people about where they stand vis-à-vis the current marketplace.

I’ll just note for now that when I say we need “more and better public services” I think it’s important to take the better aspect of that seriously. Better doesn’t simply mean “spend more money” it means better, and if you believe in public services you ought to believe that the quality of public services matters a great deal. This website is, I think, a great example of better government in action.