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AnnotatedBibliography

Brill,S.(2015).America'sbitterpill:money,politics,backroomdeals,andthefighttofix

ourbrokenhealthcaresystem.NewYork:RandomHouse.

ThisbookfocusesonthehistoryofObamacareanddiscusseshowtherootoftheU.S.

healthcareproblemispolitical.HealthcarenowaccountsforonesixthoftheUS

economy,andthustherearemanypartiesthatexisttomakesurethatthemoneyand

influencethatsurroundhealthcaredonotchange.Brillsarguesthatthismadethe

enactmentofObamacareagruelingprocessandexplainswhytheU.S.systemstillhas

profoundproblems.Thebookalsogoesintodetailaboutthecausesofcostlymedical

billsandproposesagreateraregulatoryroleofthegovernmentinordertoreelin

healthcareinflation.Thepurposeofusingthisarticleasareferenceistopresenta

resourcethatanalyzesthepitfallsoftheAmericanHealthcareSystemandacknowledges

viewpointsthataleftleaningaudiencecanidentifywith.

Black,D.(2017,March20).H.R.1628115thCongress(20172018):AmericanHealth
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Thissourcegivesadetailedoutlineofcertainhealthcarereformmeasurestobeproposed

inaRepublicanhealthcarebill.Thebillclaimstoincreasequalityhealthcare,make

coveragemoreaffordableandaccessible,andpromotehealthylivingandqualitycare.

Thisdocumentisagoodstartingpointtoseewhatkindofhealthpoliciesarebeing

supportedbytheRepublicanParty,whichcurrentlyholdsmajoritiesinboththeHouseof

RepresentativesandtheSenate.Analyzingtheseclaimsandtheirvaliditywillallowme

todiscussboththebenefitsandconsequencesofpoliciesthatarelikelytobeenactedina
GOPdominatedCongress. Thisisimportanttodiscusssothatrightleaningreadersof

myessaywillbeabletohavetheiropinionsacknowledgedandaddressed.

BudgetaryandEconomicEffectsofRepealingtheAffordableCareAct.(2017,March

16).RetrievedMarch25,2017,fromhttps://www.cbo.gov/publication/50252

ThisreportisfromtheCongressionalBudgetOfficethatoutlinethecostsofrepealingthe

AffordableCareAct.Itdiscusseshowmuchmoneythatwouldcostthegovernmentand

howmanyindividualscouldpossiblygainorlosehealthinsuranceduetotherepeal.This

isanimportantdocumentbecauseitdemonstratesthatsimplyrepealingtheACAmaynot

beaviablesolution,andthatitwouldbebeneficialtohaveareplacementbillsothat

severalmillionsofU.S.citizensdonotlosetheirhealthinsurance.Althoughourcurrent

healthcaresystemmaybeflawed,itisstillimportanttorecognizesomeofthebenefits

thathaveresultedfromtheACA,sothatthoseaspectscanberetainedinanew

healthcarereformbill.

Dubay,C.(n.d.).AfterRepealofObamacare:MovingtoPatientCentered,Market

BasedHealthCare.RetrievedMarch25,2017,from

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movingpatientcenteredmarketbasedhealthcare

ThisreportfromtheHeritageFoundation,givesinsighttoaconservativesolutionto

healthcarereformthatismoreconsumerbasedinitsapproach.Theideaisthatthe

consumerswillbenefitfromcompetitionwithinafreemarketthatwouldreduce

healthcarecosts.Thepurposeofreferencingthisarticleistoviewhealthcarereformfrom

anopposingviewpointtothatofleftleaningpoliticiansandhealthcareadvocates.Thisis
importanttodiscusssothattheoptionsdiscussedinmyessaywillencompassideasfrom

bothsidesofthepoliticalaisle.

McDonough JE, Jones DK. The Choices on Health Reform in the US


Presidential and Congressional Elections. JAMA Intern
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Thisisajournalarticlefromtherenownedmedicaljournal,JAMA.Itdiscusses

healthcaremodelsfromboththeRepublicanandDemocratviewpoints,aswellasthose

collectedfromhealthcareprofessionals.TheRepublicanagendaforhealthcareinthis

articleisviewedfromtheHouseRepublicanleadershipplanreleasedbySpeakerPaul

RyaninJuneof2016.Thearticlediscussestheimpactofthisplan,particularlyinregard

torepealingtheAffordableCareAct(ACA),permittingofinterstatesaleofhealth

insurance,allowingtaxdeductionsforhealthinsurancepremiums,expandingtheuseof

healthsavingsaccounts,andreformingMedicaidthroughstatespendingblockgrants.

MeanwhiletheDemocraticagendaisanalyzedfromtheviewpointofstrengtheningthe

coreprovisionsoftheACAbyexpandingthenumberofpeopletobenefitfromthelaw.

Thisarticleisimportantbecauseitsetsoutthecurrentpoliticallandscapeofhealthcare

reform.Inthisway,itwillaidemeinfilteringthroughsolutionsthatmightnotbe

politicallyfeasibleandfindingthosethataresupportedbypoliticiansfrombothsidesof

theaisle.

KohHK,RajkumarR,McDonoughJE.ReframingPreventionintheEraofHealth
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Thisjournalarticlesupportsredesigninghealthsystemsbyincorporatingpreventioninto

arangeofnewhealthcaremodels.Oneaspectofhealthcarethatisconsistentlyneglected
inpolicydiscussionsispreventativehealth.Thisisanimportantaspecttohealthcare

reformbecauseitshiftsthefocusfrompayingforexpensivetreatmentpostdisease

progressiontoinvestinginlesscostlypreventativemeasuresbeforeadiseaseactually

develops.Thepurposeofreferencingthisarticleistohelpproposedifferentmethodsin

decreasingtheburdenofcostonthehealthcarebudget.

TheBipartisanHealthcareHopeofRepealandReplace.(n.d.).RetrievedMarch25,
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epeal_and_replace_110375.html

Thisarticlediscussescurrenttrendsandopinionsfromvotersfrombothsidesof

thepoliticalspectrumonthecurrentstandingofUSHealthcare.Otherarticlesdiscussed

howpoliticallyfeasiblecertainreformswerewithintheframeoftheDemocraticand

RepublicanParties.However,thisarticleshiftsfocustothevoterswithintheseparties,

whichalsohavesomeswayonwhetherapolicyissuccessfulornot.Itisimportantto

havetheseviewpointsinmindwhencreatingahealthcarebillbecauseifthebilldoesnot

improvethelivesofthevoters,thentheyhavethepower(albeit,limited)tovoteoutthe

politiciansthatsupportedsuchabill.Thus,thisarticlewillallowmetoconstruct

bipartisanappealinmyargumentforhealthcarereform.