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Making Federal Health Reform Not Just Simple But Kinda Cute

I've never been tempted to call anything connected to health care reform "cute" before. But the above map is, isn't it? And when it comes to the Byzantine byways of the American health care system, and the 900-odd pages of the federal health overhaul, cute is fine. Cute can border on simple. Simple is good.

So which are you? Tracy Macy, single, working at a daycare and coping with diabetes? Sue and Stu Santos, married and insured by their employers? Phil Butler, a struggling young graphic artist, uninsured but healthy? This image above is just a screen-grab; if you go to the actual Kaiser Family Foundation site here you can roll your mouse over the various big-headed people or buildings and read about how the Affordable Care Act will affect each, now and in the coming years.

Reader, reactions? If you like the big-headed folk, you can also see them in this Kaiser animated video explaining federal health reform.

This program aired on December 14, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Carey Goldberg Twitter Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth blog.

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