Now that the President has signed health reform into law, let’s take a look at how the process actually happened in Congress. Actually, why don’t you look here? Okay, so that’s clear. But the real question becomes what happens next? Matthew Holt takes a crack at answering that. Maggie Mahar addresses two concerns: First, the legal pushback from the states and second, the immediate implementation of health reform. Michael Turpin goes even farther–envisioning what our health care system will look like in 2015. Good or bad, he says, we’re all in this together.
What’s quite obvious is that passing the health care reform legislation and signing the bill into law wasn’t the end of this. In fact, it’s really the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next. There will be a period of writing regulations, a period of legal challenges from the states, possible attempts by the GOP to repeal all or some aspects of the legislation, and general challenges with implementation. Only one thing is certain: We health policy analysts and health services researchers are going to be very, very busy for the foreseeable future.