The 2012 Presidential Election: You’re Voting On Your Health

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How will your vote in the upcoming 2012 Presidential Election influence your health?

President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, and many of its provisions are now law. However, it’s not clear whether it will remain the law of the land until 2014, when it is to take full effect, as Gov. Romney has said he will repeal the law if elected.

President Obama (D)

• New federal program to cover more than 30 million uninsured by 2014.

• Requires insurance or pay a financial penalty.

• Creates state insurance exchanges to offer competitively priced insurance.