…With Liberty and Health Care for All

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, validated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, and is on its way to having its most significant provisions—including bans on denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions—effective by 2014. All elements of the law are set to be phased in by 2020.

President Obama at a rally in 2009. Photo: Creative Commons license.
President Obama at a rally in 2009. Photo: Creative Commons license.

Over the coming months, Neighborhoods and Nations will present a series related to policy issues in U.S. health care, with a specific focus on the Affordable Care Act and its impact as its provisions take effect. Our community partners and CCNY faculty and students who are studying policy and working directly with the public will provide insight into how the law changes the landscape for health-care professionals, formerly uninsured individuals seeking care, and others.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, validated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, and is on its way to having its most significant provisions—including bans on denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions—effective by 2014. All elements of the law are set to be phased in by 2020.

With this overhaul of America’s health-care system comes a number of challenges, none more so than for community health centers already straining to meet the needs of local residents. The need for more primary-care physicians is great: they will make up the majority of clinicians seeing new patients, including about 20 million new Medicaid recipients. Yet the rates of doctors choosing to go into primary care are quite low. These clinicians need a broader knowledge base than specialists, but make less money and are generally given less respect.

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Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama for Re-election

General Colin Powell discuss the reasons he has endorsed Barack Obama for re-election. and stay the course with regard to the economy and national security, and why he’s not comfortable with Governor Romney’s foreign policy views and economic plans.

General Colin Powell discuss the reasons he has endorsed Barack Obama for re-election and decided to stay the course with regard to the economy and national security.  He also discusses other issues such as immigration and climate change, and why he’s not comfortable with Governor Romney’s foreign policy views.

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Corporate Power and International Trade

A leaked document posted at Public Citizen last night offers a stark reminder of the rising power transnational corporations enjoy in the domestic settings of nation-states where they do business. The Huffington Post’s Zach Carter writes that “The newly leaked document is one of the most controversial of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. It addresses a broad sweep of regulations governing international investment and reveals the Obama administration’s advocacy for policies that environmental activists, financial reform advocates and labor unions have long rejected for eroding key protections currently in domestic laws.” As Carter points out, “The terms run contrary to campaign promises issued by Obama and the Democratic Party during the 2008 campaign.”

A rally protesting the Canadian mining company Pacific Rim Mining's case with the World Bank Tribunal to force El Salvador to approve an environmentally hazardous mine project.
A rally protesting the Pacific Rim Mining Company’s case with the World Bank Tribunal to force El Salvador to approve an environmentally hazardous mine project. Photo by Ron Carver

Originally posted on Huffington Post by Center Coordinator Michael Busch.

A leaked document posted at Public Citizen last night offers a stark reminder of the rising power transnational corporations enjoy in the domestic settings of nation-states where they do business. The Huffington Post’s Zach Carter writes:

The newly leaked document is one of the most controversial of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. It addresses a broad sweep of regulations governing international investment and reveals the Obama administration’s advocacy for policies that environmental activists, financial reform advocates and labor unions have long rejected for eroding key protections currently in domestic laws.

As Carter points out, “The terms run contrary to campaign promises issued by Obama and the Democratic Party during the 2008 campaign.” Continue reading “Corporate Power and International Trade”