WASHINGTON -- One year later, Nancy-Ann DeParle can understand why Americans are still sharply divided over whether health care reform was a good idea.
"For many of them, the benefits of the new law are just beginning to be felt," said DeParle, who was President Barack Obama's point person on health reform.
But for those who are already seeing the benefits, such as young adults who can now stay on their parents' insurance plans until they turn 26, the reforms already have proven their worth, DeParle said.
"If you talk to somebody whose child just graduated from college and doesn't have health insurance, I can tell you they're happy," she said. "I've had a number of them come up to me in church and various other places to say, 'Thank you for helping my child to be able to stay on my plan until they're 26.' "
One year ago on March 23, Obama signed the historic health reforms into law, putting in place the most sweeping changes to the nation's health delivery system since the creation of Medicare more than four decades ago.