Health Care Reform by the Numbers

BY Vanessa Dennis and Jason Kane  March 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM EST

It’s almost judgment day for the health care reform law signed into law two years ago. As the Supreme Court considers next week whether to strike down President Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment, all the numbers thrown around for the last two years will be kicked back into the unseasonably hot air hovering over Washington. Here’s a cheat sheet of some of the more important ones:

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Can’t get enough health reform numbers? We thought so. Next, let’s see how the Affordable Care Act performed on its latest report card.

While many of the significant provisions of the 2010 health law don’t take effect until 2014, some key changes have kicked already kicked in. Our partners at Kaiser Health News consulted the agencies implementing the law to track how some of these new programs are going, and compared that data to the original projections of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the Obama administration. Much of the available data covers a limited period — usually through the end of 2011 or the fiscal year ending Sept. 2011.

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Stay with the PBS NewsHour March 26-28 for the latest on the health reform law’s Supreme Court proceedings. Each evening on the NewsHour broadcast, Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal and Susan Dentzer of Health Affairs will offer a summary and analysis of the day’s arguments. Catch their preview here. And of course, check the NewsHour’s Health Page regularly for more online-exclusive content.

Have a question about the Affordable Care Act or the Supreme Court case? Ask them here and on Twitter using hashtag #HCRchat.