[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/16/art.ryan0316.gi.jpg caption=" GOP Rep. Paul Ryan discusses health care overhaul legislation during a markup hearing March 15."]
Washington (CNN) - President Obama launched his health care reform effort shortly after taking office, saying the country could not afford to continue to sustain the costs and the burden on families.
The House is expected to vote soon on the health care bill that the Senate passed in December, though many House Democrats remain opposed to it.
One of the options for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: having the House pass the Senate bill but following up with another vote in both chambers on a series of changes. The idea is to make the legislation more acceptable for House Democrats opposed to the Senate's version.
Although some of the provisions in the reform bill won't be implemented immediately, here's what Democrats say would go into effect in the first year after passage: