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Federal health reform is hardly sitting idle
Sacramento Bee

This seems to be a summer of discontent when it comes to the national health care reform law, signed by President Barack Obama on March 23. People grumble that they haven’t seen results from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Many Americans seem to have little memory or the patience of earlier generations. For example, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law in 1935, it called for the first monthly retirement checks to go out in 1942 – a seven-year lag. Congress later accelerated that to 1940 – still a five-year lag.