Interview with Senator John Barrasso

Earlier this week the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released an updated cost estimate of the Affordable Care Act commonly referred to as Obamacare.  Earlier this year, CBO anticipated the cost to be nearly twice expensive as originally anticipated.  The new score tells a different story, contrasting with the previous one, and reflecting the impact of…

America’s Healthcare Challenge 5

America’s Healthcare Challenge Part Five deals with a different kind of exchange.  We look at the issue of health information, and how electronic records are making the healthcare system more efficient.  Our special guest was Deb Bass, Executive Director of the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII), who discussed the issue of a health information exchange…

America’s Healthcare Challenge 4

This week’s episode featured two powerhouse guests. First, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Former Senior White House Health Policy Adviser and Current Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses his reaction to the Supreme Court Ruling, particularly the Medicaid Expansion.  His commentary also includes thoughts on how to…

America’s Healthcare Challenge 3

The third installment of America’s Healthcare Challenge discusses the issue of increased coverage.  While  cost concerns still remain prevalent to many, it is also beneficial to explore the issue of covering the millions of uninsured Americans.  What did the Affordable Care Act do to address access to health care?  It is expected to cover up…

America’s Healthcare Challenge 2

Episode two of America’s Healthcare Challenge has reaction to the decision of the century from the Senior United States Senator from Iowa, Charles Grassley.  On Thursday, June 28th, the Supreme Court ruled the individual mandate constitutional as enforced through the tax code.  A political firestorm has ensued.  What does that mean to you and your…

Decision of the Century

Thursday, June 28th was a big day in American history.  In case you are just joining us, the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, is Constitutional.  The curve ball  of the day was the fact that the individual mandate was deemed unconstitutional under the commerce clause, but it survived as a…