Panel examines health-care reform
Some 20 months after the historic passage of the federal Affordable Care Act, where are we?
A panel of experts gathered at The Inquirer on Wednesday to review the impact of the law so far, and speculate about its future. The media, of course, tend to focus on political squabbling and efforts to undo the law. But even as criticism keeps bubbling, most states are making progress toward implementing a key part of it: insurance exchanges. Of the 50 states, only Alaska has not applied for a grant to plan an exchange, said Joel Ario, a former Pennsylvania insurance commissioner who directed until this fall the federal office overseeing the creation of state-based health insurance exchanges.