July 11, 2016

JAMA Article about Health Care Reform


JAMA Article about Health Care Reform

 

The July 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) contains an article written by a lawyer: "United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps." The author is identified as Barack Obama, JD; a footnote referring to the author affiliations identifies him as "President of the United States, Washington, DC." In addition to reviewing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the President makes observations about the difficulties of enacting major policy changes, and offers the following in the "Conclusions and Relevance," portion of the article:

"Policy makers should build on progress made by the Affordable Care Act by continuing to implement the Health Insurance Marketplaces and delivery system reform, increasing federal financial assistance for Marketplace enrollees, introducing a public plan option in areas lacking individual market competition, and taking actions to reduce prescription drug costs. Although partisanship and special interest opposition remain, experience with the Affordable Care Act demonstrates that positive change is achievable on some of the nation's most complex challenges."

This article from The Hill, summarizes the President's JAMA article and provides some background about the public option, a hotly contested issue as health care reform legislation was being debated.