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.

The GOP primary candidates head to Nevada on Saturday, a state with poor healthcare and few healthcare resources -- also one that has plunged in and begun implementing what it can of the Affordable Care Act, even though many in the state don't agree with the politics of it.
February 3, 2012
With Minnesota's GOP caucus set for Feb. 7, we spoke to the North Star State's health IT honcho about public-private partnerships, electronic health records, health information exchange, telehealth and more. Often billed as the healthiest state in the U.S., Minnesota has long been a healthcare IT leader.
February 2, 2012
The uncertainty of how physicians will practice medicine in the next few years weighs heavily on doctors in Florida. And, the Republican primary candidates campaigning in the state recently said nothing that allayed their fears, according to the head of the Palm Beach County Medical Society.
February 1, 2012
Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, known for his energetic techno-evangelism, will resign his post, the White House announced Jan. 27. Expected to leave in early February, he's reported to be eying the Virginia lieutenant governorship.
January 27, 2012
A think tank with a healthcare task force chaired by former Senators Tom Daschle, a Democrat, and Bill Frist, MD, a Republican, is advocating for improved and better-used health information technology. Among the group's recommendations is "robust" data exchange.
January 27, 2012
Newt Gingrich's Washington-based advocacy on behalf of a broad array of healthcare interests has been far more extensive than the Republican presidential candidate has acknowledged, a review by the Center for Public Integrity has found.
January 27, 2012
Healthcare was mentioned only in passing in President Obama's State of the Union address and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels' Republican rebuttal Wednesday night.
January 25, 2012
Whether the Tea Party will influence the presidential campaign remains to be seen -- but the movement's participants this week are creating an undeniable impact in South Carolina leading up to Saturday's primaries.
January 19, 2012
Newt Gingrich, the self-proclaimed "big ideas candidate," still in the running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has a history with Healthcare IT News.
January 17, 2012
Physician and blogger Kevin Pho, MD, who practices medicine in Nashua, N.H., discusses the healthcare issues that matter most to Granite State voters, and explains how politics shape ballot casters' views of health reform during the primary process.
January 9, 2012

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.


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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