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A Comprehensive Overview of the Affordable Care Act

A special documentary that explains many aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

man in doctor's office illustrates what the Affordable Care Act means to you

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After all the debates, haranguing, town meetings and acrimony, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been signed and is already at work. Full implementation won't happen for a couple of years yet, and there are those who already want the whole thing to go away.

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Clearly, the debate over health care policy is not over. Alyne Ellis, host of AARP's Prime Time Focus, has put together a comprehensive look at the issues of the Act. In it you will hear about many of the provisions that are already working, and the timetable for future elements that will take shape in 2014. You'll hear from policy people and regular people as they look at what the Affordable Care Act has done and will do as it grows into maturity.

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