The national debate around healthcare has intensified in the 2012 elections. The issue is front and center in national, state and local political conversations. But amid the rhetoric, the soundbites, and the spin, many of the realities of healthcare and truths about reform are lost along the campaign trail. In response to these concerns, MedTech Media's leading healthcare publications, Healthcare IT News, Healthcare Finance News and Government Health IT, are deciphering the political doublespeak and asking the questions our readers find most pertinent – about politicians, healthcare policies and delivery system reform at the federal, state, and local levels.

Obama wins, future of ACA, HIT uncertain November 07, 2012 | Tom Sullivan

While many early accounts of last night’s party for President Obama hail the news as a boon for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), once that excitement wears off, Americans will realize that it's just too early to tell whether the reelection will actually be fertilizer or formaldehyde for health reform and for what to date has been viewed as bipartisan support for health IT.

As the country gears up for the presidential election, the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) has proposed language for inclusion in the Democratic and Republican National Committee party platforms to support the transformation of healthcare in America through information technology.
July 26, 2012
A House Appropriations subcommittee voted Wednesday to go ahead with a controversial bill that would cut $1.3 billion from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) while also eliminating all funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
July 19, 2012
Care Continuum Alliance will host the Population Health Innovations Showcase on Wednesday on Capitol Hill, giving policymakers an up-close look at the latest strategies and technologies aimed at population health and chronic disease management.
July 10, 2012
A new Kalorama report finds that the the medical device industry may be feeling significantly more feverish after the recent Supreme Court healthcare ruling, as the industry will now face additional costs due to a tax provision included in the act that is slated to take effect next year.
June 29, 2012
It's almost too perfect. Of all the GOP candidates President Barack Obama could possibly face in the 2012 election, he's been matched against Mitt Romney.
June 15, 2012
Physicians remain concerned over the future of U.S. healthcare, a new survey reveals. Among the findings, most physicians believe EHRs and the ACA will adversely affect the quality of patient care, and nearly two-thirds anticipate that quality of healthcare will worsen over the next five years.
June 14, 2012
The message was loud and clear at the Third National Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Summit in Washington, DC, June 6-8. ACOs are backed by advanced healthcare IT and an urgency that will keep them around, speakers said.
June 13, 2012
Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the U.S., but it packs a big punch when it comes to health IT.
April 24, 2012
If the Supreme Court were to overturn the health reform law, five areas in the statute that rely heavily on health IT tools could lose funding for their implementation.
April 23, 2012
While President Barack Obama and the all-but-official Republican contender Mitt Romney gear up to debate how each would fashion future healthcare, the battle over a critical underpinning of the law is being fought not in the nation's capital, but in the states.
April 18, 2012
Healthcare is one of the top issues in the 2012 presidential election, and all the candidates are promising big things. For Republican candidates, their platforms all rest soundly on repealing the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA).
April 11, 2012
Now that the Supreme Court justices have heard the arguments for both sides of the health reform law, will the conservative majority fall back on their political leanings to strike down the law and maintain the unsustainable healthcare patchwork, or move the nation a giant step toward the future in healthcare?
March 29, 2012

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Infographic: Obamaneycare

How similar are President Obama's and Republican nominee Mitt Romney's two versions of mandated health insurance coverage? Check out this infographic to see where the policies overlap and diverge.

[See also: Obamaneycare: Trotskyite takeover or big company bail out?.]

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Obamaneycare Infographic