Our tech-savvy president has come up with a slick little tool to show Americans how the Affordable Care Act will affect their insurance policies. Have you tried it yet?
Located on Barack Obama’s campaign website, the health care web app asks users to choose the the kind of insurance they have (private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, none) to see which parts of the act apply to them. You can also customize the answers by providing your age, gender, household income, and the number of people in your family.
The final pages show video interviews of people who are benefiting from the new laws, as well as links to other sites that provide more information.
“Today marks the two-year anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act,” said Secretary Sebelius in a statement. “The law that gives hard working, middle-class families the security they deserve. It’s only been two years, but we’re already seeing that the law is making a difference in the lives of Americans. ”
Many of the changes will not be in effect until 2014, which may be why the Obama administration is trying to get the word out about the plan’s benefits before the president is up for reelection in November.
As for the app, it’s worth a look. With a smooth interface and a simple overview of what’s in store for healthcare reform, it’s much easier on the eyes than trying to read the fine print on an insurance policy. And it’s up to Americans to decide if they like what they see.