The American Healthcare Debate: What's Next?
December 13, 2017
In March 2010, The Affordable Care Act became the most significant overhaul of health care legislation and expansion of coverage enacted in the United States since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, but also the most contentious.
The ACA faced many challenges and much opposition, from the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy in 2009 and the resultant loss of the Democrats’ 60 seat filibuster-proof Senate majority, to the major technical problems during the rollout of the healthcare exchanges on HealthCare.gov in 2013, to the attempts at several partial repeals of the ACA earlier this year by the Republican leadership in Congress.
With the extraordinary growth of America's health spending, an aging population of Baby Boomers to care for, a heightened debate on whether universal healthcare is right or wrong for the United States, and whether or not Medicaid is best suited to integrate health care and social services—among many other problems—it’s no wonder there is so much disagreement.
The question still remains regarding American health care—what needs to be fixed (and according to whom?), and can we actually have a bipartisan effort to fix it?
Dr. Stephen Klasko, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital;
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