By Norma J. Goodwin, MD, President, Health Power
As has often been said, the Affordable Care Act, also called “Obamacare” is much more than a website. What has been discussed much too little are the key beneficiaries of the Act, and the key ongoing barriers to its implementation. The greatest population barriers include the uninsured and under-insured, those with well documented racial and ethnic health disparities, and those with costly illnesses not previously covered by health insurance. the greatest institutional beneficiaries include the insurance industry, states, cities, counties and community health centers which will receive increased federal funds with which to (a) build their infrastructures (b) generate healthier populations, and (c) expand community work forces, who will have Â increased education and skills.
Although Obamacare has been approved by the Supreme Court and is thus, National Law, the Court ruling gave the made it possible for States
Although the Act, which we will more often call Obamacare for a number of the reasons discussed in Article 4 below, is a very complex undertaking, the above and additional benefits need to be widely understood, especially since many of its opponents have deliberately spread myths and untruths in order to create confusion and greater opposition.
Simpler Explanations of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare and Needed Actions is Needed.
The Health Power information, tools and opinions related to the Affordable Care Act/”Obamacare’ below have been published to “break the features and requirements of this complex, and yet much needed, Â National Law, down to simple, or sizable pieces, since it is very important that with better understanding of this National law, there will be much greater public support, which is greatly needed. Not only is this needed for increased public support, but also to facilitate discussion of the Act with potential beneficiaries, many of whom have never had health insurance (many well educated individuals have difficulty understanding and making informed health insurance choices). Â Following is key Obamacare related information and tools prepared by Health Power. However, consistent with our motto, or tagline, Knowledge + Action = Power! these articles are not intended for reading, but for action.
- Ten (10) Simply Stated Key Features of the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare”
- Key Implementation Needs Related to “Obamacare”
- Ten (10) Messages for Active Use by “Obamacare” Supporters
- Confusion between “ObamacCare” and Affordable Care Act Terms, andÂ Silence of Supporters Strengthens Opponents
- Myths vs. Facts on The Affordable Care Act/”Obamacare” – From the Obama Administration – 2011
- Health Power’s President on Healthcare Reform, the Link to Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, and the cost of Health Care – Oct. 2009