As a public health professional, the emphasis on preventive care is important. It remains to be seen what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can achieve in regards to preventive care. Currently, the ACA requires most health plans to cover a set of preventive services like shots and screening tests at no cost to the insured. … Continue reading
Tag Archives: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
A Vicious Cycle of Narrow Networks: Trading Cost for Access for the Benefit of Whom?
Broader choice comes with a price. As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) slowly phases in, health policy experts predict a primary care physician shortage gap as well as a deep crack in the patient-physician relationship in the United States to grow deeper over time. Especially if the President doesn’t keep the promise he made to … Continue reading
Another Day, Another Bailout
In the early days of his presidency and even during his campaigning for the election, Obama’s primary goal was to get a comprehensive healthcare bill passed. Anyone in politics knew from the start that this would be no easy task. But who could have anticipated that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would take over the … Continue reading
The Obamacare’s Mandate and a Look at Some Alternatives
Controversy continues to arise over a new law being promoted by President Obama and his administration. The Affordable Care Act, or otherwise known as Obamacare, would require every United States citizen to either pick from set health insurance packages or be forced to pay a steep penalty. Many Americans, however, are becoming outraged at the … Continue reading
Cruz Control: Long Senate Speeches and How a Non-Filibuster Can Still Wield Power
While Senator Ted Cruz’s September 24 speech condemning the Affordable Care Act was not technically a filibuster, the length of time he spent talking without yielding the floor is notable in the history of speeches delivered in the Senate. Filibusters are intended to delay or prevent voting on a piece of legislation. A senator may … Continue reading
Indiana’s Exception to Obamacare Leaves Many Without Health Insurance
The State of Indiana has been allowed an exception for one year from the Affordable Care Act and has subsequently denied government incentives to expand Medicaid and has declined to set up an exchange for consumers. This exception is being officially referred to as a health-law “waiver”. This exception was given to Indiana in order … Continue reading
The Dark Cloud Over the Medical Device Tax
The medical device industry currently consists of 8,000+ manufacturers and employs over 400,000 Americans. Over the last seven months, the industry has been subjected to a 2.3% excise tax on all medical device sales – not only profits. The tax has been a primary funding mechanism for the health care overhaul so far. The medical device industry … Continue reading
Why Obamacare Is Like a Metro Ride
The other day I was ranting about the problems of the D.C. Metro system to another intern. For the fourth time that week, I had been trapped on a crowded, broken train for 40 minutes, completely uninformed and frustrated. Occasionally the train would jerk forward violently, jostling disgruntled riders, and reminding us that we were … Continue reading
Affordable Care Act: Why Public Opinion Matters
We all know what bad publicity and bad public opinion has done to athletes and celebrities – they loose sponsorships, popularity and sometimes even their jobs. Just ask Paula Dean or Tiger Woods what bad publicity as done to them and their careers. These public figures had a blemish and it negatively affected the ability … Continue reading
What’s up with all the Obamacare Delays?
At first glance, the delay of the employer mandate seems like a complicated but innocuous change to the implementation of Obamacare. Many Democrats and backers of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been attempting to label it as a fairly minor provision since the mandate was put into place only for businesses with greater than … Continue reading
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