Last week President Obama signed in to law the most comprehensive social policy change in decades. In general, American social policy has been one of cautious shrinking and devolution since its height of expansion during New Deal and Great Society programs. This new reform package requires individuals to have health insurance, guarantees access to health insurance for Americans, expands Medicaid, and implements stricter government controls over private insurers, with some changes going in place as soon as this fall.
The road to this bill’s passage wasn’t pretty, and seems to be a poster child for an increasing lack of civility in the political process. Yet individuals, nonprofit organizations, and corporations alike are looking forward to what this reform will mean to them. Following are a few of my favorite, mostly nonpartisan articles regarding the content of the legislation itself. I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with the opinions expressed in these pieces: