In this current era of limited attention spans, issues can consume the public’s attention for a while and then fade away. This is despite the simple fact that the matter remains unsettled. Health care reform is a perfect example. From the summer of 2009 through winter of 2010, the national debate on health care reform was fierce and constant. On March 31, 2010 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law.
Inside the Beltway the Debate Goes On
The debate over the Obama administration’s health care reform initiative remains. Although several hundred proposed amendments involving reform or outright repeal of PPACA are pending on the Hill, the forum has now largely shifted from Congress to the Executive Branch.
Billions of Dollars in Flux
In the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the implementation of health care reform is the top priority. At agencies such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the design of an entirely new architecture for the United States health care system is being decided, and the expenditure of hundreds of billions of dollars is being determined.
On the Ground Advice
The Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies team understands that the implementation of the ACA is of critical interest to many of our clients, and will have implications for years to come. Our government relations professionals are deeply involved in the process and are working closely with our clients to ensure their ongoing success.