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Beyond the Noise: Covering the Health Care Law

About This Course

The Affordable Care Act is a big, sprawling, complex and politically explosive piece of legislation. It will touch all aspects of the U.S. health care system, reverberate in the economy and the workplace-and keep politicians at high decibel levels at least through the November midterms and probably beyond.

POLITICO health care editor Joanne Kenen will help you sharpen your reporting and deepen your understanding of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on your community.


Presentation PDF with list of Resources

What Will I Learn?

  • How to interpret the latest enrollment figures for the health exchanges and Medicaid
  • Some tools for analyzing and fact-checking claims both sides make about the health law
  • Ideas for how to blend policy and narrative
  • What to watch for as states prepare for year two
  • The 90 percent of the law that doesn’t hit the headlines – but should

Who Should Take This Course?

Reporters and editors – on health, business and politics beats – who want to get beyond the heated and confusing rhetoric and understand what the health law means to their community and where it’s heading.

Course Instructor

Joanne Kenen

Joanne Kenen

Joanne Kenen is the health care editor of POLITICO/ POLITICO Pro. She has covered health policy and health politics, mostly in Washington, since 1994 and has been at POLITICO since 2011.

She covered health and domestic policy for Reuters in Congress and wrote about health policy at the nonpartisan New America Foundation. She also had a media fellowship from the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2006-2007 and wrote extensively about aging, palliative care, and end of life. Twitter:@joannekenen


Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.

This $29.95 Webinar is free thanks to the support of the McCormick Foundation.

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