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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: The Affordable Care Act Turns 10

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The Affordable Care Act on March 23 will attain a milestone many thought unlikely — it turns 10.

The previous decade for the well being regulation has been stuffed with controversy and several other near-death experiences. But the regulation additionally introduced well being protection to hundreds of thousands of Americans and laid the groundwork for a shift to a well being system that pays for high quality moderately than amount.

Yet the way forward for the regulation stays unsure. Many progressive Democrats wish to scrap it in favor of a “Medicare for All” system that may be absolutely financed by the federal authorities. Republicans would nonetheless wish to repeal or considerably alter it. And the Supreme Court not too long ago accepted one other case that might invalidate the regulation in its entirety.

In this particular episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” host Julie Rovner interviews Kathleen Sebelius, who was secretary of Health and Human Services throughout the growth, passage and implementation of the well being regulation.

Then Rovner, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News, who’ve all coated the regulation from the beginning, focus on the ACA’s previous, current and future.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

Although the creation of the ACA is commonly attributed to the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress on the time, work on a well being care plan really started nicely earlier than then with small-group conferences amongst stakeholders, congressional hearings throughout the nation and efforts by Sen. Ted Kennedy to provoke curiosity. Much of these interactions had been bipartisan and included trade leaders too. Despite the vehement Republican opposition to the ACA and its many essential junctures (the loss of life of Kennedy and his alternative by Republican Scott Brown; two tight Supreme Court selections; and the calamitous debut of web site, amongst different points), the regulation has proved common. When Republicans gained management of the White House and Congress, their efforts to repeal the regulation helped focus customers’ curiosity on the regulation and safeguard it. How will the November election have an effect on the regulation? If President Donald Trump is reelected, he’s unlikely to resume the trouble to repeal the regulation, however that doesn’t imply the assault on the regulation is over. Efforts to alter the ACA may proceed by way of the courts and thru administrative rulemaking. If a Democrat is elected, modifications to the regulation are typically anticipated to be incremental and maybe cope with modifications resembling increasing the variety of individuals getting subsidies and repair some glitches within the regulation.

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