Like many others, I breathed a sign of relief when health care reform passed earlier this year. And I must confess I haven’t spent much time trying to make sense of it all. But now the Kaiser Family Foundation has released a interesting video to help make sense of the new health care reform law. Narrated by Cokie Roberts, “Health Reform Hits Main Street” attempts to boil down the 1,000 page reform law into a short animated video. While it doesn’t attempt to cover each and every aspect of the reform, it makes clever use of animation to explain this complicated issue and addresses the problems with the current systems, what changes will begin in 2014 and what it will all cost. A few of the problems that the new reform plans to address between now and 2019 include:
1. Cost. Current health insurance policies are too expensive.
2. The system is full of holes. People (including children) can be turned down for pre-existing conditions. There are also lifetime limits on benefits, so the people who many need it the most will likely get cut off.
3. One in seven people don’t have insurance and many more are underinsured.
I won’t give away any spoilers from the video – it is definitely worth nine minutes of your time – but one of the biggest takeaways for me is that by 2019 thirty two million people will be newly insured. And that’s something that we can all get excited about.