On this week’s show there are plenty of headlines and challenges to the Administration. The War Room notes from within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services became available and they are discussed. The President and his top officials in charge of the roll out apologized this week and we have all the highlights from that and much more. Also on this week’s show, one of the individuals responsible for pushing the Affordable Care Act through Congress. Finally, a passionate caller pushes back, others join with questions and the retweets of the week. All of that and more in this week’s episode of America’s Healthcare Challenge.
Segment One: Being Awesome
The CCIIO which is the agency in charge of the technology aspects of ACA implementation was in trouble early and we have analyzed their internal notes. They only enrolled six people the first week and 248 the next day and there are all sorts of entertaining tidbits in the notes. Sean touches on all of them and poses the question of whether an apology is enough when there are millions facing cancellation notices.
Segment Two: I’m sorry…
This segment will make you laugh regardless of your political affiliation. The boys talk about the week that was and play a remix of all of the ACA apologies. Callers pose provocative questions and questions are answered in this segment.
Segment Three: Architect of ACA on AHC
This is an interview you do not want to miss. National authority and author of Inside National Health Reform, John McDonough, joined for a fantastic conversation about the law and what comparisons we can draw from the Massachusetts experience. Dr. McDonough is a former state legislator and architect of the law.
Segment Four: Regular Russ Reacts
The winner of multiple rant contests joins with his assessment and reaction to our interview. Russ comes through in the clutch.
Segment Five: Retweets of the Week
In the final segment, Sean and John offer their final thoughts and retweets of the week. Follow @SeanMMcGuire and @Rathouz for more.