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The question of US action in Syria is at the top of the headlines -- but while pundits and politicians debate, the Department of Health and Human Services is busy gearing up for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
The Health Insurance Marketplace -- aka "the Exchanges" -- will open on October 1 (less than one month!), allowing ordinary Americans to shop and compare prices on insurance plans, as they've never been able to do before.
This is a big change for Americans, and may be a little daunting -- especially after four years of right wing propaganda decrying Obamacare as a "government takeover of healthcare." But the parts of the law that have already been implemented, such as allowing young adults to remain on their parents' plans to age 26, free preventive services like mammograms and coverage for birth control have been mostly seen as positives.
And as the state exchanges come online, we have been hearing good news on cost and implementation. We have every reason to believe that this law will make our people healthier -- and happier, knowing that the thread of an accident or catastrophic illness will no longer result in bankrupting their families.
This week's special guests are artist and healthcare advocate Spike Dolomite Ward and public policy professional Melissa Schober, who join Cynematic, Karoli and Donna Schwartz Mills in this discussion of the law and what it means to you.
Weekly political discussion from the progressive POV, hosted by the MOMocrats. Produced by Engender Media Group.