Topic: health reform

Obamacare and obstructionism

With the launch of the new state health insurance exchanges on Oct. 1, HSPH professor Atul Gawande writes in a New Yorker editorial about three forms of obstructionism taking place to hinder the rollout: some states not accepting federal funds to expand…

Government shutdown and the ACA

The acrimonious politics surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, led to a government shutdown on October 1, 2013—the day the ACA’s health exchanges debuted. But [[Robert Blendon]], Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health and professor of health policy and…

Has Obamacare found its Bull Connor?

Health care reform in the United States—“Obamacare”—continues to face a bumpy road, according to health policy expert John McDonough of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Writing in his Boston Globe blog “Health Stew” on September 1, 2013, McDonough, professor of the…

Obamacare and the insurance kerfuffle

John McDonough, professor of public health practice at Harvard School of Public Health and director of the HSPH Center for Public Health Leadership, discussed technical problems and controversies surrounding the Obamacare rollout on recent episodes of a new podcast series moderated by…

Two takes on the Oregon Medicaid study

In a study dubbed the “Oregon Health Insurance Experiment,” researchers compared clinical outcomes among two groups of adults in Oregon—half who were on Medicaid and half who weren’t. The newest findings from the study, published online May 2, 2013 in the New…

U.S. governors mixed on Medicaid expansion

There appears to be no clear consensus among U.S. governors regarding the Medicaid expansion as called for in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—which could deeply affect the future of the U.S. health care system, according to a Harvard School of Public Health…

With exchanges launched, ACA rollout begins

On October 1, 2013, state and federal health exchanges began enrolling uninsured individuals for health care coverage, which is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2014. John McDonough, a professor of the practice of public health at Harvard School of Public Health…