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NURS 8100 – Healthcare Policy and Analysis Week 1:  Health Care Reform 


NURS 8100 Week 1 Discussion: Health Care Reform




After much public and political debate, in March 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama. The PPACA is one of many health care reform efforts that have sought to correct key features of the U.S. health care system such as financing, service delivery, and care coordination. This week, you will examine the passage of PPACA as a milestone along the historical continuum of health care reform in the United States.




To prepare for NURS 8100 Week 1 Discussion: Health Care Reform:


Review this week’s Learning Resources and media presentation, reflecting on the evolution of health care in the United States and the public’s response to health care reform efforts historically and currently.


Consider: What principal features of the U.S. health care system helped or hindered the enactment of federal health reform in March 2010? What challenges were encountered?


How do these conditions and/or challenges reflect characteristics of the policy process and the political environment?


By Day 3 of Discussion: Health Care Reform


Post a cohesive response that addresses the following:




Analyze at least one important feature of the U.S. health care system that is of particular interest to you. Explain why you think this feature is significant in terms of health policy and reform.


Describe one or more conditions or challenges specifically related to the passing of the PPACA. Explain how this exemplifies the nature of the policy-making process, and evaluate how it could relate to the question of why health reform in the United States has been so difficult.


Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.


By Day 6 of NURS 8100 Week 1 Discussion: Health Care Reform


Respond to at least two of your colleagues in one or more of the following ways:




Ask a probing question, substantiated with additional background information, evidence or research.


Share an insight from having read your colleagues’ postings, synthesizing the information to provide new perspectives.


Offer and support an alternative perspective using readings from the classroom or from your own research in the Walden Library.


Validate an idea with your own experience and additional research.


Make a suggestion based on additional evidence drawn from readings or after synthesizing multiple postings.


Expand on your colleagues’ postings by providing additional insights or contrasting perspectives based on readings and evidence.


Note: Please see the Syllabus and Discussion Rubric for formal Discussion question posting and response evaluation criteria.




Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you learned and/or any insights you gained as a result of the comments made by your colleagues.




Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and any additional sources. Discussion: Health Care Reform