The Affordable Care Act

Friday, November 3, 2017

The enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also referred to as the ACA, PPACA or Obamacare, on March 23, 2010 was upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012. A topic of political controversy, the the comprehensive health care reform law has three primary goals according to HealthCare.gov: to make affordable health insurance available to more people, to expand the Medicaid program and to support innovative medial care delivery methods designed to lower health care costs.

Ezekiel J. Emanuel
Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania
Ezekiel J. Emanuel served as special advisor for health policy to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget from Jan. 2009 to Jan. 2011. Since 1997 he was chair of the Department of Bioethics at The Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health and a breast oncologist. Dr. Emanuel received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University.
Hanming Fang
Class of 1965 Term Professor of Economics
Hanming Fang is an applied microeconomist with broad theoretical and empirical interests focusing on public economics. His research integrates rigorous modeling with careful data analysis and has focused on the economic analysis of discrimination; insurance markets, particularly life insurance and health insurance; and health care, including Medicare. He is currently working on issues related to insurance markets, particularly the interaction between the health insurance reform and the labor market.
Scott E. Harrington
Professor, Health Care Management, Insurance and Risk Management departments
Scott E. Harrington is the Alan B. Miller Professor in the health care management and insurance and risk management departments at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is an adjunct scholar for health policy at the American Enterprise Institute. A former president of both the American Risk and Insurance Association and the Risk Theory Society, he is a co-editor of the Journal of Risk and Insurance and has published widely on the economics and regulation of insurance.
Mark V. Pauly
Professor, Health Care Management and Business Economics and Public Policy
Mark V. Pauly is the Bendheim Professor in the Department of Health Care Management and a professor of business economics and public policy in the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a professor of economics in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics and co-editor of the recently published Handbook of Health Economics, Volume 2. 

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