Librarians in the Cross Fire: the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act

Librarians answer reference questions. We point direction and let people gather what they choose. We do not give medical or legal advice, but we do show people how to find information, so they can make their own medical and legal decisions. It is not the job of librarians to decide what a patron should or should not research, or read.


The controversies surrounding the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) make some librarians feel like targets. Even the folks at AARP get very negative feedback whenever they post information about health care reform on their website. The PPACA passed with a slim Democratic margin, which touched off heated debate about the pros & cons.

This is the current factual situation:

  • The PPACA was passed by both houses of the legislature
  • President Obama signed the PPACA on March 23, 2010
  • The U.S. Supreme Court upheld it
  • The Marketplace open enrollment begins October 1, 2013


It is important to point out that librarians are not advocating a political agenda by showing citizens how to visit the Marketplace to compare and select health insurance. Helping people access wanted or needed information is what librarians do.

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”    Robert Frost

One response to “Librarians in the Cross Fire: the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act

  1. WebJunction just released the archive of their webinar “Meaningful Use: Libraries Connecting Patrons to ACA Resources.” You can learn a lot about helping your patrons’ understand and enroll in the ACA here:

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