Shock to the System

September 28th, 2010 by Niki Reading |

You’ve heard the figures: 46 million Americans lack health insurance, we spend more per capita than any other first world nation for health care, but our health is worse.

But what will national healthcare reform - or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - do to change any of that? How will it affect your healthcare? Those are the questions Jessica Gao set out to answer in her special report: "Shock to the System."

Watch the documentary here, and then explore this site using the tabs above to find information, resources, extended interviews and more.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - also known as federal healthcare reform - is a complex 2,700 page bill. Here are a series of web sites and resources mentioned in the documentary that will help you navigate the act and what it means for you.

Understanding the Law

Understanding elements of the plan

What are the statistics, facts and reports?

While reporting "Shock to the System," Jessica Gao interviewed more than 20 people. Below, there are extended interviews with some of the experts she spoke with.

Dr. Roger Stark with the Washington Policy Center shares his recommendations for health care policy in the U.S. First off, he’d repeal the federal reform.

Mary Selecky, secretary of the state Department of Health, on how public health helps keep healthcare costs down.

Doug Porter, Health Care Authority administrator, on the Basic Health Plan.

Porter also spoke about cutting down on waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid.

Susan Johnson, Regional Director for the US Department of Health & Human Services, shares her role in health care reform implementation.

Jennifer Tolbert from the Kaiser Family Foundation discussed how federal healthcare reform will be paid for. (Note: This video was created by KFF. More information can be found here.)

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After watching the documentary and reading through the information, e-mail us if you still have unanswered questions.