Cost & coverage of the Affordable Care Act
Harold Pollack: Every platitude I have ever uttered about health reform in one conference presentation – with charts!
June 4, 2013
- ACA’s expanded coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatment represent ‘the most important advances in public policy in decades.’
The video here is of my comments at the Center for Health Administration Studies‘ 50th Anniversary celebration. It covers why I am so proud of health reform, and so nervous about it, too.
The Affordable Care Act is such an important measure for vulnerable Americans. ACA’s (near)-universal coverage and expanded coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatment represent the most important advances in public policy in decades. Yet the political challenges and the long-run budget uncertainties remain daunting.
Within our current gridlocked political system, I worry that future presidents will view ACA the way British Prime Ministers will remember the Falklands War: as an audacious victory no sane leader would ever try to replicate.
I was commenting on presentations by David Cutler and Richard Frank. These are also well worth watching. Hank Aaron and Jonathan Cohn – two people I have written about here at healthinsurance.org – make uncredited cameos, as well.