America's health care system, as good as it is, faces the daunting
problems of escalating costs and millions of uninsured. After a
year of discussion and debate,
Congress passed historic health insurance reform legislation,
and President Obama signed The
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
into law on March 23, 2010.
One might have expected that the health care debate was over. In
fact the unwieldy legislation, dubbed "ObamaCare" by critics, was a
major contributing factor to Democrats' mid-term
election losses in 2010. Critics went to the courts and the
matter wound its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. On June 28, 2012
in a surprise decision, the Court
substantially upheld the ACA. Even as the Administration
working to implement the legislation, critics in Congress are seeking
to repeal it, and some states led by Republican governors are resisting
"This law has become the subject of several lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the provision requiring Americans who can afford it to maintain basic health insurance coverage. The Department is vigorously defending the law in these cases."
"Immediately after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010, 13 Attorneys General filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Department of Labor alleging the Health Care Reform law signed by the President was unconstitutional."
Kaiser Health News
"a nonprofit news organization committded to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics."...a major program of the Kaiser Family Foundation
non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health
issues facing the nation. The Foundation is an independent voice and
of facts and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care
and the general public."
"the nation's largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public's health...The mission of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is to improve the health and health care of all Americans."
"America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based
group working to
achieve comprehensive health system reform." [501(c)(3)]
NCHC Action Fund
"formed to educate the public and advocate on local, state, and national levels for fair and systemic reform of the American health care system." [501(c)(4)]
Commonwealth Fund's mission is to promote a high performing health care
system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater
particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income
the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly
The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on
health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice
[launched May 2003 as a project of the Gingrich Group] "collaboration of private and public sector leaders committed to creating a 21st Century Intelligent Health System that saves lives and saves money for all Americans... The Center is based on the following premise: Small changes or reactionary fixes to separate pieces of the current system have not and will not work. We need a system-wide transformation. Unlike other alliances, the Center unites stakeholders across the spectrum (providers, employers, vendors, trade associations, disease groups, think tanks) and government leaders at both the state and federal level to drive transformation according to a shared vision and key principles."
leaders need an unbiased source of information so they can understand
roots of the nation's health care problems and the trade-offs posed by
competing proposals for change. The Alliance for Health Reform exists
provide that information. We offer a full array of resources and
in a number of formats, to elected officials and their staffs,
policy analysts and advocates... A nonpartisan, nonprofit
the Alliance believes that all in the U.S. should have access to health
care and health coverage at a reasonable cost. But we do not lobby for
any particular blueprint, nor do we take positions on legislation."
organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of
community and working to make disease prevention a national
By focusing on PREVENTION, PROTECTION, and COMMUNITIES, TFAH is leading
the fight to make disease prevention a national priority."
nationwide network that promotes comprehensive health care for all
education, strategy development and advocacy."
"the national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans."
"protecting patients' access
to healthcare by supporting federal legislation that will reform our
broken medical liability system."
"The Health Care and You Coalition is made up of some of our country’s leading organizations that represent consumers, patients, physicians, nurses, hospitals and pharmacists. Our goal is to provide the public with easy-to-understand information about the health care law."
"...national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans."
"Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is a national grassroots campaign of more than 1,000 organizations in 46 states representing 30 million people dedicated to winning quality, affordable health care we all can count on in 2010 and beyond."
projects of Independent Women's Voice and American
Democrats, Republicans and Major Third Parties
June 28, 2012 - Outside the
Supreme Court on the day of the ruling.
March 26, 2012 - Outside the Supreme Court on the first day of oral arguments.
March 21, 2010 - The scene outside the Capitol.