Our Take: Although the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act have been widely documented and scrutinized, there are many smaller mandates within the measure that could carry substantial weight going forward. Issues such as sex education, wheelchair accessibility and breast cancer awareness are just some of the "hidden" issues that are nestled within the confines of the Act. Before accepting or rejecting the Affordable Care Act, more careful examination and education regarding all the provisions and stipulations are needed. David Schultz and Christian Torres from Kaiser Health News report for NBC NEWS:
So you think the Supreme Court upheld a law requires most people to buy health insurance? That's only part of it. The measure's hundreds of pages touch on a variety of issues and initiatives that have, for the most part, remained under the public's radar. Here's a sampling:
Abstinence Education (Sec. 2954) Reauthorizes funding through 2014 for states to provide abstinence-only sex education programs that teach students abstinence is "the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems." Federal funding for these programs expired in 2003.
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