UC Berkeley Extension shares what health professionals and consumers need to know about the controversial Affordable Care Act.
Gain an understanding of the structure, politics and likely economic impact of the Affordable Care Act within the context of rising costs for the health care system as a whole. Specific topics include the mandate to purchase insurance; the expansion of Medicaid coverage; and the effects of the ACA on insurers, providers and pharmaceutical sector. The ACA reform framework is compared with the reform framework proposed by leading Republicans.
James Robinson, Ph.D., is Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Economics, director of the Berkeley Center for Health Technology at the University of California, director at the Integrated Healthcare Association and contributing editor for Health Affairs. Robinson teaches health policy and economics, has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed scientific and policy journals, and is currently working on a book titled Purchasing Innovation in Health Care.
James C. Robinson, Professor of Health Economics at UC Berkeley, explains how the post-election American public is still extremely divided on ObamaCare. However, as implementations take effect and the country becomes accustomed to the benefits, opinions could sway in favor of the plan.