My personal learning network fed me many ideas recently. Tonight President Obama will make his annual State of the Union address. We will certainly hear more calls for cooperation between the political parties in Congress, particularly as related to healthcare reform. The major provisions of the Affordable Care Act are taking effect now. CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are quite fully engaged now in efforts to implement the new law.
This article in Modern Healthcare helps scope out the issues right now.
The heat is on. Physicians and other providers are under financial pressure, legal requirements, and the need to integrate information technologies. People will begin to experience the new "system" as patients very soon. There will be problems. Anything this big and complex is going to have problems. Many states, including Georgia, are not expanding Medicaid coverage. Doing so was part of the "magic," but the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government cannot force the state governments to expand Medicaid, even if most of the money comes from the federal government.
Students, in commenting to this post, please review the information in this post (including the links above) and address at least one aspect of what is going on right now. Watch or listen to the President's address if possible. It will be available on YouTube. The President's concern has to be that a sufficient number of Democrats in Congress and going to get "cold feet" and begin to side with Republicans on some of these issues. It is difficult to "see the entire picture." At least take one aspect of it and comment about how you see things here, please.