Recent congressional action shows health care continues to percolate as a top political issue.
The latest development involves an addition to Senate Republicans’ tax legislation. The added provision would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most Americans have health insurance or pay a tax penalty.
But Dr. Harry Heiman, a faculty member at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health, argues that the chaos in Washington on health care tends to distract us from crucial issues at home.
“As voters choose their leaders in 2018, it’s time to think again about expanding Medicaid in our state,’’ Heiman writes in a new GHN Commentary. “Expansion is critically important for health care access, to support rural hospitals, and for job creation.”