Questions tagged [healthcare]

Questions related to the sociopolitical fundamentals of healthcare (i.e. access to healthcare in a given country) regarding the policies regulated and/or supplied by governments.

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How many people will be unable to keep their health insurance plan in 2014 due to the ACA?

NPR reported millions won't be keeping their health care plans due to new requirements of the ACA. MONTAGNE: [...] When Obamacare goes into full swing this January, millions of people who buy ...
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Why does having a soda tax seem so hard to achieve in the US?

According to this Harvard article eating too much added sugar can lead to serious health issues: A sugar-laden diet may raise your risk of dying of heart disease even if you aren’t overweight. So ...
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Why haven't any Governments banned cigarette sales when it has been proven that it's harmful?

Rather than advertising the harmful effects of cigarette smoking on the box, why hasn't any government just banned the selling of cigarettes in their respective countries? Doesn't it solve the main ...
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Why restrict private health insurance?

There are several countries in which all citizens have a right to healthcare that is paid for by the government, e.g. in Canada. Yet in some of these countries (again noteably certain parts of ...
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Why do people in the United States seem so averse to a Public Health system?

My question relates to a simple fact, that to many Europeans it seems that every time a President of the USA is committed to create a real Public Health service, the people seem to act against their ...
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What effect does state-level refusal to accept the ACA's medicaid expansion have on the ACA's cost?

The Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") was projected by the Congressional Budget Office to reduce the national deficit. When Obamacare went to the Supreme Court, the court ruled that it was ...
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Why is imposing vaccination / immunization so hard to achieve?

This has been in my mind for a while, so I am breaking the ice on the politics site. I am living in Romania (Eastern European country within the European Union), so this question might be too ...
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What significant changes cause a grandfathered health plan to lose its status?

Health and Human Services estimated that between 21%-43% of all people insured would transition to the ACA exchanges. This is due to their health care plans losing grandfather status. Healthcare.gov, ...
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What are the reasons for opposing the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is clearly a contentious issue up to the point where there has been a government shutdown over it. For those that oppose Obamacare, What are the ...
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How does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) differ from Massachusetts health care reform (Romneycare)?

These two laws at face value have many similarities, but it is difficult to spot the differences. How are these two bills alike, and how are they different?
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Why don't Senate Republicans just pass a blank bill instead of “skinny repeal”?

Senate Republicans are considering voting on "skinny repeal", which most of them insist they do not want to actually become law (because among other things, it repeals the individual mandate with ...
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Has the text of McConnell's “skinny repeal” bill been released?

This Business Insider article details Senate Republicans' plans regarding Healthcare today. First, the Senate will take up a motion to proceed. Then assuming that passes (which is in doubt as I ...
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Why is the withdrawal of the American Health Care Act such a devastating blow for Trump and Ryan?

The AHCA was withdrawn without it going to a vote. The media is playing it out like this is a humiliating defeat for Donald Trump and Paul Ryan and there are even talks that Ryan may need to resign as ...
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Why did the GOP change their strategy regarding the Affordable Care Act from ‘Repeal’ to ‘Repair’?

The repair language was discussed by Republicans during their closed-door policy retreat in Philadelphia last week as a better way to brand their strategy. Some of that discussion flowed from views ...
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How much lives could they've saved if they would have used war money in health?

I'm not sure about how much money they've spent in war as a result of the 9/11 attacks, but it seems to be a few trillions. I'm even less sure about how much lives would they have saved if they would ...
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Have any Republican senators announced they'll oppose the motion to proceed on 2017-07-26?

This Axios article describes what the Senate is planning to do tomorrow on Healthcare. First they'll vote on a motion to proceed on the House Republican Healthcare bill, the AHCA. Assuming it passes,...
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If medication prices in the US are higher than in other countries, why not import from there?

In the United States, many medications are much more expensive than in other countries (see for example How the U.S. Pays 3 Times More for Drugs). This is a serious problem for many patients, and ...
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How many times and in what way has the Affordable Care Act been modified by the Executive Branch?

On Oct. 1, 2013, the President made the following remarks regarding Affordable Care Act and the Government Shutdown No, this shutdown is not about deficits, it’s not about budgets. This shutdown ...