Post-Election Health Care Reflections

Robin Strongin

Pundits and political scientists will be analyzing the 2012 elections for some time to come.  On the health care front, though, I think it’s not too early to say that President Obama’s re-election could be termed the Great Reconciling.  As a nation, we seem to have come to terms with the immediate future of health policymaking and this, in turn, opens the door to give greater attention to a number of large issues that warrant national attention. (more…)

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Believe in America and Move ACA Forward

Rozalynn Goodwin

“I choose to believe that policy makers make good decisions when given good data,” my President and CEO Thornton Kirby said during a recent meeting.

I seriously had to restrain myself from laughing out loud. Having one foot in policy and another in advocacy, I rarely see this happen. Too often, politics trump good policy.

With President Obama’s victory on Tuesday and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) more prominent provisions occurring in 2014 and beyond, I sure hope to be proven wrong. (more…)

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The Ryan budget’s impact on Medicaid

The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute just published a study re-examining the impact that the 2012 Republican budget plan would have on state Medicaid programs. This is the budget plan developed and championed by Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan. The plan—voted for by all House Republicans—calls for ending Medicare as we know it, making deep cuts in federal support for Medicaid, and turning Medicaid into a block grant program. (more…)

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Distortion, lies and videotapes

Diana Mason

I can’t wait for this election season to be over. The presidential contest has dragged on for almost two years. If you ask voters whether all of the interviews, debates and media coverage of the candidates have been helpful, I doubt that many would say yes. Almost every day, there is a new poll that shows Governor Romney as leading in key states; the next day, it’s President Obama in the lead. While pollsters correctly note that these changes can be from differences in methodologies, I suspect that some voters simply can’t decide what to believe about either candidate. (more…)

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October 3rd PBS NewsHour Live chat on candidates’ Medicaid visions

PBS NewsHour covers “What’s at Stake in the Candidates’ Different Visions for Medicaid”

Live chat Wednesday, Oct. 3, with Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health News

While Medicare has dominated the national dialogue in the run-up to this year’s election, Medicaid, its counterpart for low-income, disabled and elderly Americans, actually covers more people.  Ahead of Wednesday’s first presidential debate, which will focus on domestic issues, PBS NewsHour has released a series of stories comparing Obama and Romney’s plans for Medicaid.

On Monday’s PBS NewsHour broadcast, Hari Sreenivasen explored what’s at stake as the candidates’ lay out their vastly different visions for the program. On the Rundown Blog, they featured answers to some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding Medicaid and the political proposals surrounding it.

Finally, today, October 3, at 1 p.m.,  PBS NewsHour is hosting a live chat with Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health News, about the future of Medicaid and the presidential candidates’ proposals for the program.  Questions can be submitted via the PBS NewsHour Health page, to, or via Twitter @jasokane.

For more information on the Medicaid series, live chat, or PBS NewsHour election coverage, contact Kat Saunders at

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Enter Disruptive Women’s Fall Reading Sweepstakes

Another season, another chance to win! Disruptive Women is giving away a copy of John McDonough’s book Inside National Health Reform. This is the perfect read for you if you’re looking for a deep dive into health care reform leading up to Election Day.

The book gives a true insider’s view of the groundbreaking and ambitious Affordable Care Act, written in a way that is both entertaining and revealing. McDonough, who was an advisor to the late Senator Ted Kennedy, weaves a picture of the political landscape that shaped the bill and other details that most of us didn’t get to see.

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Put your name in the hat now through October 8th to win!

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Robin Strongin disrupts the RNC

On August 29th, Disruptive Women’s own Robin Strongin moderated a panel held by The Hill at the Republican National Convention, on the future of health care policy.

She took the opportunity to question three well-known Republicans – Former Sen. Trent Lott, Rep. Tom Price, and Dr. Donald Palmisano, MD, JD, former president of the American Medical Association – about what they hope will happen with health care reform after the election. No surprise, all three men felt that no matter which party takes the election the health care bill must be repealed. They named ways in which it goes against what consumers want and need – greater access to affordable, quality health care, and the ability to choose their own insurance – and against our efforts to curb government spending. (more…)

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Quick Takes: Health care and the election

Health care policy has always been a hot button issue in elections, perhaps moreso in 2012 than ever before. In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on ACA and at a time when federal debt and household finances are on the list of talking points for both political parties, we thought we’d go to some of our eminently qualified Disruptive Women for their takes on how health care and the election will affect each other. Here’s what they had to say. (more…)

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Happy Birthday Madam ACA!

Rozalynn Goodwin

By Rozalynn Goodwin. My employer was asked for a statement acknowledging the second anniversary of federal health reform. Here was my suggestion.

“Happy Birthday to South Carolina’s mistress, the Affordable Care Act! We use and enjoy your goods in the dark, but despise and won’t claim you in the daylight.”

For the life of me, I can’t understand why our communications team didn’t see value in using it. No hard feelings though…

We South Carolinians don’t take too well to anybody telling us what to do. We are very proud to have been the first state to secede from the Union. Our relationship with federal health reform is no different.

“We will continue to push back against the federal takeover of our healthcare system. South Carolina does not want, and cannot afford, the President’s healthcare plan. Not now, and not ever,” South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, January 2012

Yet, South Carolina has received over $101 million dollars from “Obamacare” for health care grants, demonstration projects and programs. Not the mention the $13 million in rebates our seniors received for Medicare prescription drug coverage, plus another $32 million in brand name prescription drug savings. And I haven’t even mentioned the 40 plus businesses (including Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina) that have taken advantage of the Act’s Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, or the over 30,000 young adults who have received coverage as a result of the new law. But, remember, “We don’t want the President’s healthcare plan.”

Dear South Carolina and all other states talking out both sides of your mouths:

While Madam ACA has her flaws, I believe she has good intentions. She’s so young and vulnerable, and doesn’t deserve the verbal onslaught she’s received, especially during this presidential primary marathon. It’s time to come clean about your relationship with her. Take her home to meet the family. Heck. Once they meet her, they might even like some of her qualities, and help you two work out your differences for an open and honest relationship that benefits us all.

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Amplifying Health Care in the Race for the White House: Disruptive and Astute Without the Punditry

By Hope Ditto. Hopefully it is no secret to our blog readership that above all, the editorial team here strives to be Disruptive – in more than one sense of the word. As a news outlet in this century’s ever-changing media landscape, the niche we pride ourselves on filling is just that – disruptive, at least in the sense that we will have the conversations no one else is having, raise the questions no one else is asking and explore the angle no one else is pursuing. We don’t shy away from controversy, nor do we balk at intimacy – as long as topics are well-researched, provide substantiated arguments and at least acknowledge there is an opposing viewpoint, there are almost no topics we consider off-limits.

There is, however, one area we don’t touch (in fact, we avoid it at all costs): partisan support for a candidate. While certainly all of our individual bloggers have opinions and perspectives, points of view and inherent biases, we will never run posts that are blatantly promoting one candidate for elected office over another.

I say this as a caveat to this post, the purpose of which is to announce a new series we’ll be running this year on the Disruptive Women in Health Care blog in which we explore the presidential candidates’ positions on health care and health policy, where they stand on particular aspect or aspects, what they envision to be an ideal health care system for this country and what role they envision the federal government playing in it.


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