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Public Opinion on the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare)...

Mollyann Brodie, PhD
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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About This Course:

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, was signed into law in March 2010, enacting the most comprehensive changes to the U.S. health care system since Medicare was established in 1965. While individual pieces of the law have been rolled out at various times since the law was passed, the major expansions of insurance coverage began in January 2014. Partisan division in opinion of the law has existed since its enactment and throughout the implementation, making the ACA a heated topic of debate heading into the 2014 midterm elections. Join us for a 90-minute webinar to learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and explore how public attitudes toward the ACA have evolved since the law’s passage, where they stand today, and challenges in capturing and measuring impacts of the law through public opinion surveys.

Learning Objectives:

  • Affordable Care Act 101 – What you need to know about the law to understand and interpret public opinion about it.
  • Understanding Views and Opinions of the ACA.
  • Challenges of measuring personal impact of the ACA using opinion surveys.

About the Instructor:

ImageMollyann Brodie, PhD  is Senior Vice President for Executive Operations and Executive Director of Public Opinion and Survey Research at the Kaiser Family Foundation. She is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s public opinion survey efforts, including the monthly Kaiser Health Tracking poll, the Foundation’s work on Americans’ attitudes toward global health policy, and the ongoing survey partnerships with media organizations including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and NPR. Dr. Brodie’s research focuses on exploring public knowledge of health care policy issues and the role of opinion and personal experiences in policy debates. She has been widely published and is co-editor of American Public Opinion and Health Care (CQ Press, 2011). She is also responsible for all executive operations of the Foundation, including directing the President’s Office and supporting the activities of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Board Committees. She received a M.S. in Health Policy and Management and a Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University. Dr. Brodie was recently elected Vice President/President-Elect of AAPOR.