For more than a decade, we’ve been dealing with the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, more commonly known as Obamacare. There are good elements of the act, bad elements of the act, and a thousand different ways to look at the problem that is health care coverage and its accessibility – and just as many proposed solutions.
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) allows those currently enrolled in the ACA to keep their coverage, for now at least. Steven Findlay, Opinion Contributor for The Hill, talks more on this in a recent article.
Here are a few of our main takeaways:
The economic and political upheaval that was largely triggered by the pandemic has reach – and health care coverage is just the latest thing to be touched by the aftershocks.
Something you might not immediately register as “relevant” when it comes to health care-related issues of today, however, is actually a huge factor in the stability of a variety of socioeconomic systems – including public health – is climate change.
Intense storms and heatwaves that have the potential to disrupt entire neighborhoods and communities coupled with a massive upheaval in opioid addiction, gun violence, and rising tensions and potential dangers related to reproductive care mean that access to reliable health insurance becomes more important for everyone.
According to Findlay, “Both parties also need to rally around a cause they already agree on: tackling ever-rising health care costs.”
Want to know more about how political change, social pressure, job stability, economic demographics and more play affect the health care industry? Read the rest of the article here.