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President Obama and the ACA -- Standing Tall

Posted by John McDonough  November 6, 2012 11:56 PM

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Health reform (Affordable Care Act, ACA, ObamaCare) did not re-elect President Barack Obama tonight. So much else went into this victory that had nothing to do with health reform. And at the same time, health reform, most certainly, did not bring down President Obama tonight. Nor did it bring down any member of the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Scott Brown, who won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010 promising to defeat health reform, lost re-election tonight to Elizabeth Warren who is strongly committed to implementing the ACA.

Just like on June 28th, when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the ACA, tonight does not guarantee full and effective implementation of the ACA. There are big challenges ahead, notably the budget and tax fights of the next few months.

Still, tonight, America stands for health justice and health equity, and for the ACA.

And tonight, I feel good about America.

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John E. McDonough is a professor of practice at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is the author of the book “Inside National Health Reform”, published in 2011 by More »

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