The public remains sharply divided toward President Barack Obama's historic health care reform legislation, according to polls that show few are undecided. Most people think they know whether they like or dislike the law. But when it comes to knowing what's actually contained within this mammoth retooling of our health insurance system, most of us may not be smarter than a failing fifth grader.
A recent online quiz on the main provisions of health care reform by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that participants, on average, answered just 5 out of 10 questions correctly.
It's understandable. The ambitious law runs to 2,700 pages, some of its regulations have yet to be written, and the benefits that have already taken effect have been overshadowed by the recently resolved Supreme Court challenge. The barrage of political advertising surrounding November's presidential election has further clouded, rather than clarified, things.
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the health care overhaul law, perhaps it's time to acquaint ourselves with the changes that have already occurred and those soon to come.