President Obama has just become the first sitting president in the history of the United States to ever publish an academic paper. His paper, titled “United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps,” has been published in the extremely prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (known as JAMA) on July 11, but has not yet been peer-reviewed.
The article lays out how the next president could conceivably continue the incredible work he’s done with the Affordable Care Act once, we hope, the Republicans lose control of the Senate this November and our nation can get back to actually getting things done again.
President Obama’s conclusions are that “policy makers should build on progress made by the Affordable Care Act by continuing to implement the Health Insurance Marketplaces and delivery system reform, increasing federal financial assistance for Marketplace enrollees, introducing a public plan option in areas lacking individual market competition, and taking actions to reduce prescription drug costs. Although partisanship and special interest opposition remain, experience with the Affordable Care Act demonstrates that positive change is achievable on some of the nation’s most complex challenges.”
It’s just another incredible achievement that shows what an all-around renaissance man our president truly is – a scholar, a musical artist, a man of science, an author, an immaculate statesman, a loving father. We will miss him terribly when he leaves office – but we cannot wait to see what amazing things he’s going to do with his newfound free time.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.