At last year’s Benefits Selling Expo, there was a lot of talk about health reform and if it was going to really happen. After all, a year ago was before the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and before President Obama’s reelection ensured, yet again, the survival of his landmark law.

At this year’s Benefits Selling Expo, held in San Diego April 29-May 1, we found ourselves dealing with reform as the new reality. And it was one popular subject: Our magazine’s 2013 expo—our ninth show—was the biggest one yet with more than 1,000 attendees.

To explain the repercussions of reform, we had help from three big keynotes: Rick Santorum, the former GOP presidential candidate and senator from Pennsylvania; Ezra Klein, a columnist for the Washington Post and Bloomberg; and Karl Schoemer, founder and president of VisionQuest Solutions.

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