Given yesterday's Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, premedical students will need to learn more about the law's provisions in order to be ready for medical school interviews. Here are some useful resources for students:
1) The health care reform background information on the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation website, available at www.kff.org. In particular, the short video describing the provisions of the law, available at http://healthreform.kff.org/theanimation.aspx will help students understand the basic provisions of the law quickly.
2) The book Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, and How It Works, by Jonathan Gruber et al, clearly explains the problems afflicting our health care system and the ways in which legislators have addressed these problems, both in Massachusetts and nationally via the ACA. Gruber is an economics professor at MIT who helped develop both the Massachusetts and national legislation, and his graphic novel-style book is a quick and accurate read.
3) Atul Gawande, a surgeon and author whose work is very popular with premedical students at the College, wrote a thought-provoking essay for The New Yorker in response to the Supreme Court's decision. The essay, "Something Wicked This Way Comes," is available at http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2012/06/something-wicked-this-way-comes.html .