Health Insurance and Health Care Reform – 6803
This seminar explores the role that private and social insurance play in managing and responding to health-related problems. It focuses on these issues through the lens of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The seminar is split into three units. The first unit aims to appreciate the centrality of insurance to health care. It examines how insurance underpins issues regarding access to health care, the increasing cost of health care, and responsibility for one’s heath. The second, and most substantial, unit then focuses attention on the ACA. It explores the ACA’s use of public and private insurance mechanisms to attempt to alter health care in the United States. Finally, the third unit of the seminar considers alternative approaches to health insurance reform, and their costs and benefits relative to the approach embodied in the ACA.