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UW Election Eye 2012

Campaign 2012 through the eyes of UW faculty and students

Category: Health Care Reform
November 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Primer: what you need to know about health care and the 2012 election

How health care in the 2012 elections will impact your day-to-day life.

(Photo illustration by Mali Main / UW Election Eye)

Tanning, abortions and your wallet.

These are just three things that will be affected by this election.

The federal government is rolling out the Affordable Care Act, also know as Obamacare, in stages. But the biggest changes are set to be implemented in 2014. That is, if the president is re-elected.

“This is the most critical election since 1964 as far as health care is concerned,” says Roger Stark, a health-policy analyst at the Washington Public Policy Institute.


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October 10, 2012 at 6:30 AM

“ObamaCare” or affordable health? – A Canadian perspective

In the debate on the Obama administration’s health care policy, the term “socialized medicine” surfaces often, with fingers pointed to Canada. A Canadian national living in Seattle weighs in on her health care experiences, both in Canada and the United States.

Tea Party demonstration in St. Paul, MN. (Photo by Fibonacci Blue, Flickr Creative Commons)

SEATTLE – What’s in a word?

When it comes to describing President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act, much is suggested by conservative use of the term “ObamaCare.”  Even a newly-arrived visitor to this country would find the controversy obvious.  As a Canadian living in the U.S. now for many years, I have always found American attitudes toward healthcare perplexing.  My career has focused on healthcare systems in both countries, so I find the phenomenon of American hostility to “socialized medicine” even less understandable.

Have I been everlastingly grateful to flee the purported queues in the land of my birth and avail myself of the high-tech healthcare available in the U.S.?

Not so much.


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