How Obamacare After Obama? Essay

832 Words Nov 14th, 2016 4 Pages
On October 27th, 2016, I attended the lecture "Healthcare Reform and the 2016 Elections: What Happens to Obamacare After Obama?" delivered by Dr. Jonathan Oberlander from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). Dr. Oberlander was brought to FSU through the combined efforts of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and the Pepper Institute to share his expertise in the topic. He is a professor of Health Policy & Management and is the chair of Social Medicine and his talk certainly increased my understanding of the current healthcare climate that engulfs our country. To start, Dr. Oberlander gave a brief overview of the 20,000-page bill that is the Affordable Care Act. He discussed how Obamacare was simply an improvement to the existing American healthcare market rather than a complete overhaul of health insurance. His talk highlighted the biggest discrepancies and misconceptions that people may have about the Affordable Care Act, which is more commonly termed “Obamacare”. Some of these include the subsidies that the government offers to certain subsets of people as well as the ‘fee’ that comes with a refusal to sign up for health insurance. Dr. Oberlander cited a study that analyzed why people still didn’t sign up for healthcare, knowing that their refusal to do so would require them to pay a ‘fine’ that would include no healthcare of any kind. The study showed that over the years, since December of 2009, there has been an ever decreasing (yet…

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