Amazed & Confused: The Politics & Process of Implementing Healthcare Reform (The Affordable Care Act) with Anton J. Gunn

Amazed & Confused: The Politics & Process of Implementing Healthcare Reform (The Affordable Care Act)

Anton J. Gunn

Tuesdays 4:15-5:45pm


Amazed & Confused: The Politics & Process of Implementing Healthcare Reform (The Affordable Care Act)
September 23 - Session 1: Social Justice to Public Service: How a Hip Hop kid became a leader in the movement for Affordable Healthcare
This introductory session would be to share my personal values and discuss how Hip Hop & Healthcare are expressions of my inner drive to expand social justice and improve the human condition through my public service. From Public Enemy’s musical inspiration that got me involved in healthcare organizing to using Hip Hop philosophy to push my way into Barack Obama presidential campaign and then using Hip Hop to help him win the Democratic nomination for President, ultimately to using the culture to impact Healthcare Reform and my own career in public service. 
September 30 - Session 2: How we Got Here…the Making of the Affordable Care Act (Jamie Harrison, former Director of the Majority Whip’s Office - via Skype) This session would talk about the post election politics after Barack Obama’s election and special election to fill the unexpired term of Senator Ted Kennedy that lead to the congressional politics in the passage of health care reform. We will discuss from the House perspective of whipping votes to support the ACA and the senate policy fights that nearly made passage impossible. We shall further discuss the challenges of a reconciled bill that included House and Senate conflicts in the bill. Overlaying the budgetary politics that made implementation difficult because of insufficient funding in the final version.
October 7 - Don't Believe the Hype: Fact vs. Fiction in the Debate for Healthcare Reform – This session would focus on the policy provisions that Americans don’t know or understand about the health care law and why that made policy implementation more difficult. We will also discuss the impact of media communications on the law. Also analyzing the coordinated campaign by the law’s detractors who spent more than one billion dollars to create the negative perception about the law and how these perceptions impacted successful implementation of the laws most important provisions. 
October 14 - Session 4:  Hurry Up and Wait: The Long Process and Strategy To Enroll People in Coverage (Marlon Marshall, Special Assistant to the President, Principal Deputy of the Office of Public Engagement): This session would discuss the four-year timeline of implementation that significantly contributed to the confusion and the consternation over the law. We will discuss the various constituencies that individually benefited from the law’s provisions but collectively didn’t like the law. Lastly, we will breakdown the challenges to existing federal law before the Supreme Court and how the court’s split ruling on Medicaid made reaching target groups difficult. We will provide insight into the White House planning and strategy to reach 7 million people with health coverage.
October 21 - Session 5: All Healthcare is Politics and Politics is always Local (former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius) – This session would have a full discussion on the divergent views and politics of the nations 50 Governors on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and specifically calculations going into a Governor’s decisions to accept or reject federal funding for entitlement programs. Also how these decisions impacted local elections in 2010, 2012 and potentially 2014. We also would discuss the strategy of using local politicians to go around oppositional governors and help people get enrolled in coverage.
October 28 - Session 6: Hollywood, Hip-Hop & Healthcare Reform (Eric Ortner, Vector OMG & Obama Entertainment Advisory Council) – This session would focus on The Obama administration’s specific strategy to engage young adults, their organizations and information mediums on the Affordable Care Act. The need and goal of reaching millennial (particularly those of color) for Obamacare was critical and we would learn how and why rappers, actors and athletes got involved in the effort to get people enrolled in health care coverage.
November 4 - Session 7: The Social Justice & Economic Impact of Healthcare Reform (Shavon Arline-Bradley, Chief of Staff, NAACP) – This session would be a discussion of the racial and ethnic politics of healthcare. Specifically the cost of uninsured on state and local government, the impact of health disparities and how the Affordable Care Act significantly changes this dynamic. Additionally we would discuss the economics of the ACA on private industry (long term profits) and how these profits could influence public policy.
November 18 - Session 8: WTF Healthcare: What’s the Future of Healthcare Policy– This session would be a discussion about future of healthcare reform policy and the potential to pass future federal legislation on healthcare. What will happen this second open enrollment period and how the 2014 Elections results will impact the process. We will discuss how and why Government is playing a big role in the future of healthcare delivery and where the future leaders of the healthcare reform movement will come from.


***All study groups are off-the-record and not for media coverage***