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November 7, 2017
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An Insider’s Look at Battle Over Future of Affordable Care Act, Medicaid

This blog originally appeared on the Gerontology Institute blog, written by Steven Syreimage of a doctor in a lab coat

The future of federal policy toward health care, potentially affecting many millions of Americans, became the hottest of all front-burner issues immediately following Election Day last year.

The next president had made repeal of the Affordable Care Act a leading priority of his campaign. Republican legislators who controlled both the House and Senate were eager to make it happen. Plans to drastically cut Medicaid funding were in the works.

None of this was lost on health care advocates who had campaigned for passage of the ACA and later worked to help implement the law now enabling health insurance coverage for millions of Americans with financial support from Medicaid.

“Everything we had been doing for the past seven or eight years was threatened,” said Robert Restuccia, executive director of Community Catalyst, at an October 30 meeting of the Department of Gerontology Speaker Series at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School.

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October 12, 2016
by McCormack Speaks
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Prospects for Obamacare Under the New Presidency

by Professor Amit Patel
Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs

For a while during the second presidential debate, it seemed like policy issues might never come up and the evening will only be dedicated to various scandals: Bill Clinton’s infidelities, Hillary Clinton’s emails and, the now-infamous Donald Trump video that had dominated headlines just before the debate night. Thankfully, in this town hall-style debate format, one of the members asked a question on a specific policy – Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare.

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