Public Policy in Healthcare

Article 1

Article: For many interest groups, health-care bills passage isn’tthe end.

From: Washington post

By: Dan Eggen. 2014.

Available at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/23/AR2010032303955.html

The article focuses on the role of interest group in the enactment ofthe Obama’s comprehensive healthcare reforms. Although the healthcare reforms were passed by the lawmakers, the author notes that theinterest groups who opposed the reforms believe that the battle isnot over. The interest groups which include labor unions changedtheir focus from opposing the passing of the law to steering theimplementation of the closes that favor them. Also, conservativegroups turned their frustrations against lawmakers from theDemocratic Party who supported the reforms. The article appeared inthe Washington Post immediately after President Obama signed the newlegislation into law. On the other hand, the article takes not of theinterest groups that supported the legislation. This includes AARP,an interest group representing seniors which supported the expansionof Medicare prescription drug plan. However, critics argue that therecould be a plan to reward supporters while punishing the enemies. Thearticle provides a fair over view of the reaction of the interestgroups to the signing of the new healthcare reforms.

Article 2

Article: Obama’s health law: who was helped most.

Source: New York Times

By: Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz. 2014.

Available at:http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/29/upshot/obamacare-who-was-helped-most.html?_r=0

It is estimated that after the affordable care act has beenimplemented, the number of insured Americans will increase by up to93 percent. For many years, Americans have had access to healthinsurance through their employer. In my view, the government has theresponsibility of assisting individuals purchase health insurance.This is because health insurance assures the nation accessibility tobetter and affordable health care services. It will also make thehealth care system easy to manage. This can be managed at the statelevel because states have different needs. However, the article“Obama’s health law: who was helped most”, argues that althoughit is estimated that ten million more Americans have an access tohealth insurance, it is difficult to identify individuals who havebenefited from the reforms. The article looks at data from differentsources such as Enroll and Civis to indicate the level of coveragesince the new law was implemented.

References

Quealy, K. &amp Sanger-Katz, M. (2014). Obama’s health law: whowas helped most,http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/29/upshot/obamacare-who-was-helped-most.html?_r=0

Eggen, D. (2014). For many interest groups, health-care billspassage isn’t the end,http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/23/AR2010032303955.html.

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