Online Program

New Perspective on the Affordable Care Act: Its Role in Universal Health Care

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

David U. Himmelstein, MD, City University of New York Hunter College, New York, NY
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, national health reform has become a reality. Implementation of key aspects of the law has begun with further elements coming on line in 2014. This special policy-focused session will present new perspectives on health reform. While the ACA will help achieve many public health goals, it will not bring about a single payer system. This presentation will discuss the promise of the ACA from the standpoint of universal health care and health care as a human right. Dr. Himmelstein practiced primary care internal medicine at the public hospital in Cambridge Massachusetts for 28 years. He is the co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization with 18,000 members that advocates for non-profit, single payer national health insurance.

Learning Areas:

Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the limitations Affordable Care Act of 2010 from the standpoint of universal health care and health care as a human right.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have carried out extensive research and published widely on problems in access to care, health care reform strategies, and health care financing.
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.