Discussion – week 3 Politics and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


Discussion – week 3
Politics and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Regardless of
political affiliation, individuals often grow concerned when considering
perceived competing interests of government and their impact on topics of
interest to them. The realm of healthcare is no different. Some people feel
that local, state, and federal policies and legislation can be either helped or
hindered by interests other than the benefit to society.
Consider for
example that the number one job of a legislator is to be reelected. Cost can be
measured in votes as well as dollars. Thus, it is important to consider the
legislator’s perspective on either promoting or not promoting a certain
initiative in the political landscape.
To Prepare:
Review the Resources and reflect on
efforts to repeal/replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Consider who benefits the most when
policy is developed and in the context of policy implementation.
By Day 3 of
Week 3
Post an
explanation for how you think the cost-benefit analysis in terms of legislators
being reelected affected efforts to repeal/replace the ACA. Then, explain how
analyses of the votes views may affect decisions by legislative leaders in
recommending or positioning national policies (e.g., Congress’ decisions
impacting Medicare or Medicaid). Remember, the number one job of a legislator
is to be re-elected. Please check your discussion grading rubric to ensure your
responses meet the criteria.


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