PPOL-642 HEALTH POLICY & POLITICS
Fall for 2016-2017
This seminar explores the policy and politics of health reform by involving students in the issues related to critical debates on the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid that dominate the policy and politics of U.S. health financing. In this class you will learn:
• How to think analytically and politically about health financing, in terms of tradeoffs, incentives, ideologies, and interests.
• How to communicate—orally and in writing, both to analyze and to advocate.
The class will begin with an overview of the U.S. health financing system—its policy failings and how they came about and the political and policy achievement—as well as the potential limitations of recently enacted legislation aimed at meaningful reform. Drawing on national expert “guests” and assigned readings, we will then explore specific components of reform, as well as issues affecting the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Our goal will be to better understand the policy choices that continue to face the nation in assuring available coverage, meaningful insurance protection and affordable costs.
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Fall '16: Feder J (file download)
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