The 2014 U.S. Midterm Elections
What's at Stake for Health Reform

Summary

The 2014 midterm U.S. elections will impact next steps in implementing the Affordable Care Act. This Forum event, mounted just days after voters go to the polls, featured political analysis and healthcare experts.

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    Hello Viewers, We’ll be starting our live webcast around 12:30pm ET.

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    We’re so glad you could join us today. We’ll be starting in about 10 minutes.

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    Today, we’ll be discussing the results of the 2014 midterm elections and healthcare reform. We’ll be starting in just a few minutes.

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    We have begun our discussion. If you have comments or questions, please post them here.

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    We are pleased to have with us today Robert Blendon, Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School

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    David Cutler, Harvard Professor of Applied Economics

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    John McDonough, Professor of the Practice of Public Health and Former Senior Advisor on
    National Health Reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health,
    Education, Labor and Pensions

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    And Sheila Burke, Chair, Government Relations & Public Policy Group, Baker Donelson, and Former Chief of Staff to Senator Bob Dole

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    Here is a link to a Kaiser Family Foundation report on ACA Advertising in 2014: http://kff.org/health-reform/report/aca-advertising-in-2014-insurance-and-political-ads/

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    HSPH recently released a press release about Medicaid expansion — “Support for Medicaid expansion strong among low-income adults”: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/low-income-adults-support-medicaid-expansion/

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    GOP has not articulated a clear alternative version to ACA, says McDonough.

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    Message coming from election is there is a fundamental disagreement about role of government, says Burke.

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    She adds too early to tell exact implications about health reform post elections.

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    Medical device tax, employer mandate, definition of hours re: full time employees, are areas where Republicans and Democrats may find areas of agreement, says Burke

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    We will be conducting a Q&A during this event. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to post them here. Or email them to theforum@hsph.harvard.edu

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    This video is courtesy of Families USA, a non-profit organization that collects stories about people and the ACA

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    More info here about the Supreme Court agreement to hear challenge to federal subsidies in ACA: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/07/usa-court-obamacare-idUSL1N0ST0U520141107

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    KENTUCKY / McCONNELL (Prof. McDonough stole my thunder) …but beyond representing his actual (unhealthy) constituents I find the ever-important corporate political funding to be counter-intuitive as well. Kentucky is home to many healthcare (insurance, pharma, etc.) companies and, yet, Mitch McConnell is re-elected. Surely these ever-important corporate interests were politically involved, too, and that their Senator would be quick to appea$e health-related interests. It would seem that Kentucky would be a voter and corporate haven for HC related policy …what’s really going on here? (I thought healthy people were cheaper on tax-payers and insurance companies??)

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    We’ll be wrapping up soon. Thanks all for joining us today!

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    We also thank Reuters, our media collaborator today.

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