I voted for health care reform not because I thought it was the best we could do, but because I thought it was a whole lot better than the current system. But in my mind, passing that law is far from "mission accomplished."
This year is an especially happy birthday for Medicare because the new health reform law makes it easier for seniors to afford to see a doctor, fill a prescription, and receive free preventive screenings for serious diseases.
There is an email making the rounds claiming that the new health reform law requires you to pay taxes on your employer-sponsored health insurance. It's not true. Politifact rates this email "pants on fire" and Snopes calls it "false."
The cynicism and malaise that plagued the country during the Bush years went utterly into remission when Obama was elected, but it's now back in our bones. We need the medicine that cured it the first time. Inspiration from a leader.
Health reform is a complicated 2500 page bill. I wish Americans understood it better. They understand more than they used to, because hundreds of people in the media did their jobs well. Attention should be paid.