The Affordable Care Act in Historical Context: Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH

As I have penned over at XanateMedia in The Triple Aim Sets the Agenda for Healthcare Social Media Community,’ while the aftermath of the SCOTUS ruling is predictably lining up along straight partisan lines, the net takeaway for healthcare social media peeps is to get behind the ‘triple aim’.

Yet we seem to be in an unending loop of ‘Kubler-Ross moments‘ at least inside the conservative media bubble machine and their media partners including select voices in the blog-o-sphere. For those unfamiliar with the psycho-emotional journey Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and the ‘DABDA’ acronym (aka denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance) she codified the predictable stages of ‘death and dying’ which can be generalized to all forms of loss – including those of the financial, legislative and even judicial variety.

This clip places the legislative accomplishment in context and should serve as a reminder that ‘the Act’ is law, call it a ‘tax’, ‘penalty’ or whatever, the reality is it has been and remains law. Let’s get on with it. There is much to do!


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