Cost and coverage of the Affordable Care Act

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 – make uncredited cameos, as well.

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, universal coverage, University of Chicago, David Cutler, Hank Aaron, Jonathan Cohn, Richard Frank

About Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration. He is also Co-Director of The University of Chicago Crime Lab. He has published widely at the interface between poverty policy and public health. Pollack serves as a Fellow at the…

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