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Health Journalism 2011: Debate over health reform continues

The Affordable Care Act, which recently celebrated its first birthday, is now the law, and parts of it are slowly being implemented. But the debate is as strong as ever.

Congress and the White House are putting on "a show," said Noam Levey, a health policy reporter for the  Los Angeles Times. On one side, President Barack Obama and the Democrats want the law pretty much as is, while the other side has the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and its Senate GOP counterparts, who want either to change or repeal it, he added.

Panelists emphasized that the real issue for journalists to cover is the implementation of the law and how states are reacting to the law.

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