263241 Applying Kingdon's agenda setting paradigm to the Affordable Care Act achieving decision agenda status

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pamela J. Walsh, PhD , School of Health Sciences, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Health care reform has been an issue on the governmental agenda for decades and it finally found a window of opportunity for passage in March 2010. The governmental agenda are those items that individuals within and outside government are paying attention and the decision agenda are those items that are up for active decisions by the policy makers, issues that will be addressed. What were the triggers that finally moved concerns about the need for health care reform from the governmental agenda to the decision agenda? This paper will explore the factors that contributed to health reform achieving decision agenda status, using Kingdon's agenda setting paradigm, connecting problems, policy and politics. First, Kingdon's paradigm will be described as it relates to moving issues from the governmental agenda to the decision agenda and second, it will be applied to the Affordable Care Act.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the key elements in Kingdon’s agenda setting paradigm. Discuss Kingdon’s paradigm as it relates to the Affordable Care Act.

Keywords: Health Care Reform, Health Care Politics

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My doctorate is in political science with an emphasis on public policy and I have incorporated these concepts in my health administration courses. I incorporate health policy and politics in my courses because they are definitely linked.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.