Nonpartisan ProCon.org Provides Facts and Debates over the Health Care Law
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ProCon.org has updated its popular nonpartisan website ( http://healthcarereform.procon.org) about the pros and cons of Obamacare, compiling responses from legislators, health care experts, and others to 66 frequently asked questions about the law.
The website poses a core question, "Is Obamacare good for America?", and in consideration of that central issue, examines the history of the health insurance mandate, pro/con reactions to the passage of Social Security and Medicare, comparisons of Medicare to private insurance, constitutional challenges to Obamacare, and dozens of questions related to specific components and ramifications of Obamacare - 42 with clear yes or no answers and 24 which are hotly debated. All questions are answered using sourced pro and con responses.
Some of the most recently updated and new questions include:* Can States Set up Their Own Single-Payer Health Care Systems under Obamacare? – YES Read statements from Public Citizen, the Co-Director of Its Our Economy, and a Research Associate at the Center for Health Policy at Stanford. * Will Obamacare Decrease the Federal Deficit? – DEBATED See a summary chart of estimates and read statements from the Congressional Budget Office (Pro), and the former Director of the Congressional Budget Office under George W. Bush (Con), among many others. * Will the Health Insurance Exchanges Benefit Consumers? – DEBATED Read statements from the US Department of Health and Human Services (Pro), Avik Roy, the Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute (Con), and others. * Will Obamacare Lead to a Decline in Employment-Based Health Insurance? – DEBATED Read statements from the US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee (Pro), Ezra Klein, Columnist at the Washington Post (Con), and others. * Is Obamacare Financially Burdensome for Businesses? – DEBATED Read statements from the International Franchise Association (Pro), US Representative Steny Hoyer (Con), and others. ProCon.org President, Kamy Akhavan, said "Given the partisanship and emotion that seems to be feeding many discussions on Obamacare, we are happy to provide easy to read and free research on what is in Obamacare and whether or not it is good for America. Whether people love Obamacare or hate it, we believe that a nonpartisan review of Obamacare is important to many of the 300+ million residents of the United States." The 964 pages of Obamacare are comprised of three documents: HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (905 pages, signed into law Mar. 23, 2010), HR 4872 Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (55 pages, signed into law Mar. 24, 2010), and Executive Order 13535 "Ensuring Enforcement and Implementation of Abortion Restrictions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (4 pages, signed into law Mar. 24, 2010). For more information about Obamacare, please visit http://healthcarereform.procon.org. About Us ProCon.org (online at www.procon.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity whose mission is promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship. Information is presented on 48 different ProCon.org issue websites in subjects ranging from Obamacare, alternative energy, and medical marijuana to the death penalty, illegal immigration, and gay marriage. ProCon.org websites are free of charge and require no registration. The websites have been referenced by over 900 media entities, cited dozens of times by the governments of 11 countries (including the United States where 27 states and nine federal agencies cite ProCon.org), and used by teachers, librarians, and educators in over 4,100 schools in 58 countries and all 50 US states. ProCon.org had over 15.7 million unique readers in 2012 and more than 2 billion hits since its inception in 2004.