If anyone truly understands the Affordable Care Act, it is John McDonough. He was a key Senate staffer in Sen. Ted Kennedy’s office during the health care debate in 2009 and 2010, and had a front-row seat to how the 1,300-page bill came together. He even wrote an entire book about the experience, called Inside National Health Reform.
McDonough stopped by our Facebook community for Obamacare enrollees to answer questions for our book club, our most recent adventure within this group. As the Affordable Care Act changes, we want to make sure that the people who will be most affected understand the health care policy’s history, complexities, and possibilities in the United States. We hope the book club supplements the great discussions already taking place in the group.
The following highlights from this week’s discussion have been edited for length and clarity.