On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and a week later, signed into law the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, which made some changes to the comprehensive health reform law.

This interactive side-by-side comparison provides detailed summaries of the final new health reform law, as well as more than a dozen other comprehensive proposals put forward during the year-long reform debate in Congress. The online tool allows users to compare the law and other bills, plans and proposals with one another across key characteristics. In addition to the summaries offered here, the Foundation also has prepared an implementation time line for the new law, as well as detailed descriptions of the Medicare and Medicaid provisions, and a summary of the coverage provisions in the law.