What Will the Election Mean for Health Care?

Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD), former Rep. Mickey Edwards (R-OK), and former US Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at Aspen Ideas 2016.

The Affordable Care Act isn’t going anywhere. That’s the consensus of a panel of politicians and former federal administrators who spoke at Spotlight Health in June. This election, the presidential nominees are at odds about the law. Donald Trump says he will repeal it and Hillary Clinton says she will defend and expand the ACA. What happens in November could bring big change to health care.

Mickey Edwards, former republican congressman and a vice president at the Aspen Institute, thinks there won’t be a big rollback of the ACA. Republicans have voted to repeal it dozens of times and their latest plan, unveiled in June, maintains elements of the ACA, according to Edwards. “Those who were really, really against more government in health care, have already lost the battle,” he says.

Former US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan agrees with Edwards, but he thinks with a new president and members of Congress, “there will be tinkering and improvements.” When it comes to progress in health care, he wants to see continued emphasis on promoting healthy activities like exercise, and building up staff such as doctors and nurses, to serve the country’s newly insured.

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The world doesn’t lack for creative ideas—it lacks people to champion them. Once you have an idea, how do you communicate it? In this episode, Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor and the New York Times bestselling author of Originals, shares insights on how to speak up without getting silenced, and how to find allies in unexpected places. Never miss an episode by subscribing on iTunes or your favorite podcasting service.


Young Adults Get Life Lessons

At this year’s Festival students ages 15 - 21 spent an afternoon hearing from some of the brightest minds about equality, art, civic engagement, and more. AIF’s first Young Adult Forum included debates, performances, poetry, presentations, and interactive sessions. About 250 young people learned how to use the Youth Voice to start a movement and explored the critical role of voting. The event sparked new ideas and inspired action.

Watch the full event.