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Will the November election affect healthcare reform?

August 24, 2012
Uncategorized By LW Consulting Inc.

Healthcare IT News recently took a poll of its readers to ask whether their IT departments will be waiting until after the election is over to continue their projects. The results show just how much of a role politics play in the healthcare sector.

One in four individuals said that they are holding off on their projects because the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "hangs in the balance." Out of all respondents, 42 percent said that healthcare reform will happen regardless of the election's outcome.

An additional 33 percent said that they do not even think of election results when planning their health IT budget. The Lompoc Record discussed the potential outcomes if presidential nominee Mitt Romney and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan win the election.

If they win, will there be enough skepticism to overturn the Affordable Care Act or will the individual mandate requiring Americans to purchase health insurance still be in effect? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, the nearly 50 million people in the U.S. who are uninsured and have no means to handle any injuries or diseases are likely to support the Obama administration in this endeavour.

A piece for OpedNews reported on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for the female population.

"Putting ideology ahead of science is inexplicable," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.   "Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, by 2014, almost 19 million uninsured women will be eligible for comprehensive health coverage, women may no longer be charged more for the same policy as men, and women cannot be denied coverage because they have a pre-existing condition. Asking American women to continue denying themselves the care they need is unacceptable."

It is likely that healthcare reform will continue despite the election and medical providers will need to partner with a hospital consultant experienced in healthcare IT consulting to ensure that their systems are following all rules and regulations.