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.

THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
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.

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Despite being the most recognized piece of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the individual mandate remains the least popular, and half of Americans expect the Supreme Court to overturn it.
March 29, 2012
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If the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate, the justices will then decide whether the remainder of the health reform law is so intertwined with the insurance requirement that it too must be overturned as unconstitutional.
March 29, 2012
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The Supreme Court dove into the heart of the health reform law and its most controversial aspect, the individual mandate, in which the federal government had to deliver a stellar case to sway justices of the need to compel Americans to obtain insurance.
March 28, 2012
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A post-Civil War era law took a pivotal role in whether the Supreme Court has the authority to consider the health reform law. The Supreme Court justices listened to arguments March 26 about whether or not they have jurisdiction in the lawsuit brought by 26 states led by Florida against the federal government over the constitutionality of the health reform law.
March 27, 2012
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The Supreme Court's decision on the future of the health reform law will likely ripple through the political atmosphere around the elections and the direction of health-related stocks in the market no matter which way the justices bend.
March 26, 2012
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Among the more grandiose claims repeatedly being pledged along the Republican presidential campaign trail is that each of the hopefuls would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- but does a president even have that power?
March 19, 2012
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With a touch of irony, one of the states determined to overturn President Obama's health reform law "as a matter of liberty" is, in an odd way, perhaps helping the president's reelection bid.
March 6, 2012
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While healthcare information technology figures not at all in Oklahoma's primary today, two health IT veterans say the Sooner State has one of the best health data exchange models in the country.
March 6, 2012
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On the last day of HIMSS12, Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile and Republican commentator Dana Perino sat down to discuss a range of topics. Covering everything from the 2012 election to EHRs to healthcare reform, the two presented a lively and entertaining discussion about government and healthcare.
February 28, 2012
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What with the presidential non-binding primary over, Missouri is more than just one of three states where Rick Santorum surprised the nation. The Show-Me State is staunch in its opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) -- the individual mandate specifically.
February 8, 2012
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Colorado presents a mixed snapshot on how it is moving forward with health reform and other healthcare issues. On the one hand, it is a state leader in developing widely represented organizations to adopt EHRs and health information exchange. On the other, it is digging in its heels when it comes to health insurance exchange.
February 8, 2012
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Healthcare reform is arguably the hot-button political issue of our time. And with the Supreme Court locked and loaded to decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act this summer, it's a safe bet the controversial two-year-old legislation will have a huge impact on the 2012 election and beyond.
February 6, 2012
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Reader Polling

Healthcare IT News recently asked its readers if they think the government should be shaping the future of healthcare. Here are the results.


Healthcare IT News asked its readers if they think President Obama and Mitt Romney should bring health IT into the discussion.

 

Healthcare IT News asked its readers if they will be postponing any health IT projects until after the elections. Here's what they said.

 

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