The recently passed healthcare reform legislation has caused a lot of dramatic debate and protest among voters. It often seems, however, that many people (proponents and opponents) lack knowledge about the actual content of the legislation.
There are some useful summaries available for learning purposes, however. In particular, I have recently discovered two helpful summaries of the legislation.
I received one summary (pdf) from a healthcare provider, who is also a reader of Dissenting Justice. The Senate's Democratic Policy Committee authored the document, which describes in great detail the implementation timeline for the legislation.
The other document was prepared by Eric Peterson, a lawyer at the prestigious firm Dorsey & Whitney, LLP. As stated on the Dorsey & Whitney website, Peterson practices healthcare law, and he represents "hospital systems, physician practices, retail and internet pharmacies, insurers . . . other health care providers and payors," and "medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers."
Implementation Timeline: Reflecting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconcilliation Act (Democratic Policy Committee) (pdf)
Health Care Reform Is Here (Eric Peterson).
See also: 10 Ways Healthcare Reform Could Impact You