Feb 18, 2009

How Would You Advise President Obama?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed by President Obama yesterday. The $787 billion economic stimulus package's health care provisions have demonstrated that health care reform is still on the table. The package includes funding for comparative effectiveness research, health insurance coverage for unemployed workers, health information technology, Medicare, Medicaid, and the NIH. The many concerns that have been expressed in the past few years in regards to health care have not fallen on deaf ears. Now that you have President Obama's attention, what would you advise him to do?

KaiserEDU.org is now accepting entries for its Annual Essay Contest, giving undergraduate and graduate students a chance to win a prize of $1,000 by writing an essay addressing the elements of health reform that President Obama's team should focus on in 2009.

Essay Topic: President Obama has stated that reforming the health care system is one of his top priorities, and there is broad interest from policymakers and the public in making a change. During the campaign, he outlined a framework for reforming health care. The essay should cover: what elements of his plan should be prioritized given the current economic crisis, what elements are most likely to garner support and which ones will be most challenging and why?

Click here to find out more information about the contest!

Check out an article titled, "The Lessons of Success--Revisiting the Medicare Story," by David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., and James Morone, Ph.D. in The New England Journal of Medicine to start thinking about Presidents and health care reform.

Don't feel like writing an essay? Post a comment and share your thoughts!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Obama is taking the health care system in the wrong direction. The cost of private insurance needs to be brought under control and the only way of doing so is to curtail programs like medicaid which force hospitals to take huge losses that are then passed on to private payers. We need a market solution not more govt.