THE QUESTION

What is your final assessment of the bill?

This week, President Obama plans to sign into law a budget "reconciliation" bill that includes the final changes to the new health-care overhaul. What is your assessment of the now-complete health law and its implications for the future?

Posted by Rachel Saslow on March 30, 2010 9:54 AM
FROM THE PANEL

True health reform

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, one thing is true: these are historic times.

Posted by Chisara N. Asomugha, on April 2, 2010 8:31 AM

One wild ride ends, another begins

What a great ride. Yet it's agonizing to see who need help, knowing that for many help isn't coming until 2014.

Posted by Harold Pollack, on April 1, 2010 5:13 PM

Epilogue?

As a Family Physician I feel that the bill offers some important validation for the critical role of Primary Care in the health care delivery system of the future.

Posted by Raymond J. Zastrow, on April 1, 2010 12:25 AM

Not perfect, but what legislation ever is?

Unlike so many, I find myself being more impressed each time I delve into the new law.

Posted by Howard Forman, on March 31, 2010 3:25 PM

We hold these truths to be self-evident

When it is all said and done, though we have journeyed many miles, and hit major milestones, even so we have miles yet to travel.

Posted by Chris T. Pernell, on March 31, 2010 11:00 AM

Not an ending, only a beginning

For small business, the new health-care law begins a long struggle against cost increases, uncertainty and perverse incentives

Posted by Robert F. Graboyes, on March 31, 2010 10:30 AM

Power to the people

For those of us who advocate for a universal system, it may not go far enough or fast enough, but the new health-care bill is a vehicle that is moving health care in the right direction.

Posted by Kathy-Ellen Kups, on March 31, 2010 9:53 AM

The first mile on the marathon of reform

I hope that we will continue to work at driving the right combination of structural change, innovation, and use of technology to create a better system for our generation and those to come.

Posted by Peter Neupert, on March 30, 2010 9:28 PM

Goodbye, dirty tricks

The reason many in the cancer community are elated are the tangible benefits right around the corner and the elimination of the worst of the dirty tricks practiced by insurers.

Posted by Doug Ulman, on March 30, 2010 6:19 PM

The heavy lifting begins

Whether we're health citizens, providers, payers, plans, suppliers to the industry or government agencies, our roles in health and health care will evolve over the coming months and years.

Posted by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, on March 30, 2010 8:57 AM

Final reflections

I will try to be part of the solution, but this legislation, by building on the existing system before fixing it, has made transformational health care reform far more difficult.

Posted by Michael Critelli, on March 30, 2010 6:24 AM

Just the beginning

As more than 30 million new patients come into the system -- a system already under stress -- we are eager to continue to do our part to make health care more cost-effective.

Posted by George Barrett, on March 29, 2010 1:56 PM

A powerful start -- but only a start

Our representatives in Washington expanded health-care coverage because advocates, activists and community leaders demanded it for decades. Now, it is up to us again to ensure the millions still left out of our care system can get in.

Posted by Angela Glover Blackwell, on March 29, 2010 1:17 PM

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