Last year, the drama over President Obama's healthcare reform law was running high. In one famous exchange, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) accused the president of lying. In another, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) drew gasps for saying that Republicans hope Americans "die quickly" as a solution to the country's healthcare issues. And uncomfortable topics like abortion, euthanasia and race became a staple on the nightly news.

A year later, the intensity of the debate has lessened-somewhat. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law, although some Republicans continue to fight to repeal it. Most of its provisions won't go into effect for a few years, and people have gone back to the more urgent concerns of healthcare-making the funding decisions that allow them and their families to live long and healthy lives.

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