Obama on Healthcare Reform and a reply

“This approach of ‘repeal first and replace later’ is, simply put, irresponsible.”

Superb analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Followed by a strong comment by a Physician critcizing what the President doesn’t discuss, the downsides of the ACA that all physicians I’ve talked to agree with. One of the best analysis yet seen. Be sure to read the followup.

President Obama on repealing ACA without replacement

Repealing the ACA without a Replacement — The Risks to American Health Care

By Barack H. Obama, J.D.

The New England Journal of Medicine, January 6, 2017

Health care policy often shifts when the country’s leadership changes. That was true when I took office, and it will likely be true with President-elect Donald Trump. I am proud that my administration’s work, through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other policies, helped millions more Americans know the security of health care in a system that is more effective and efficient. At the same time, there is more work to do to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable health care. What the past 8 years have taught us is that health care reform requires an evidence-based, careful approach, driven by what is best for the American people. That is why Republicans’ plan to repeal the ACA with no plan to replace and improve it is so reckless. Rather than jeopardize financial security and access to care for tens of millions of Americans, policymakers should develop a plan to build on what works before they unravel what is in place. 

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