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The best health-care cartoon you'll see today

Earlier today, when I touted the Kaiser Family Foundation's expansive health-reform portal, I ignored the video they were touting because, well, I didn't want to watch an animated video about the new law. But Kate Pickert says it's "most everything you need to know about health reform in 9 minutes." And she's right: It's pretty good. And contrary to what the cartoons might suggest, it's not a dumbed-down explanation of the law. It's actually surprisingly comprehensive.

By Ezra Klein  | September 21, 2010; 1:14 PM ET
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Is there a similar explanation for small business owners? Businesses that may be required to insure more employees? How are part-time employees figured in when deciding if an employer has to provide coverage to all employees? Thanks

Posted by: Dave20109 | September 21, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I thought the title -- "Health Reform Hits Main Street" -- was catchy and could have best been matched with a big hammer and sickle bopping and bobbing the heads of innocents walking down a city sidewalk. [Remember, walking is interstate commerce!]

Unsuspecting businesses and individuals are in for a shock next week: those who haven't taken the appropriate steps by Friday are locked into the Obamacare taxes and regulations for the duration.

Posted by: rmgregory | September 21, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I, too, don't want to watch a cartoon about the ACA, good as I'm sure it is. But I would like someone to tell me what the cartoon has to say about the fact that the entire ACA is fake because it depends on perpetual Republican co-operation to fund it, which will never happen. Waiting for Ezra to figure out that the only thing we've done for 32 million people is make an empty promise...

Posted by: michaelh81 | September 21, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Am I mistaken or is that Cokie Roberts doing the narration?

Posted by: DCista | September 21, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

"ACA is fake because it depends on perpetual Republican co-operation to fund it, which will never happen...the only thing we've done for 32 million people is make an empty promise..."

GOP sabotaging HCR = Dem empty promises?

So what's the moral? Don't bother trying to fix anything because one party will always ruin it? Or are you saying, we should have done a true overhaul, like single payer, that the GOP couldn't (somehow) sabotage?

Posted by: Nylund154 | September 21, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

@Nylund154 - Yes, GOP Sabotage = Dem empty promise, they should have known. We should have done the latter of course, single payer, although more realistically, some pathway to that, such as the public option or Medicare expansion. And they needed to start them within a year, that way there would already be actual people receiving actual health care that the GOP would then not be able to sabotage and the Dem promise would then not be empty.

Posted by: michaelh81 | September 21, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else kind of annoyed that they decided to go with Uncle Sam instead of depicting Obama?

Very instructive though.

Posted by: akusu | September 22, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

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