Indiana University journal examines critical health care law issues

  • Sept. 16, 2013


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- With a key step in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act looming, a journal based at Indiana University is laying out the latest thinking on critical elements of the law known as Obamacare.

On Oct. 1, open enrollment is slated to begin for the new, state-based health insurance exchanges, one of the cornerstones of Obamacare. In its latest edition, Public Administration Review has assembled analysis from prominent scholars, government officials and opinion leaders. PAR is headquartered at the Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs and is considered the leading journal of its type in the world.

In one article, for example, nationally renowned health policy scholar Frank J. Thompson details the challenges buffeting health reform in the face of a polarized Congress and a national divide over Obamacare. He predicts more short-term work for government agencies because a warring Congress is unable to devise policy solutions. But he sees change in the long run.

“Broad support for the ACA may grow as Americans begin to receive more tangible benefits from the law with the insurance expansions slated for 2014,” he writes. “This reinforcing policy feedback may well heighten the political costs of calling for the ACA’s repeal. Instead, opponents may come to emphasize its revision or partial replacement.”  

These are some other major articles in this special issue of PAR:

  • Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius makes the case for public administrators to rise to the challenge of implementing the Affordable Care Act.
  • Alice Rivlin, a former director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Clinton administration, offers a perspective on the future of health reform in the U.S.
  • Scholars Simon Haeder and David Weimer examine the varying ways states are implementing insurance exchanges.
  • Charles Brecher and Shanna Rose explain how Medicaid will be affected by the ACA and how the program has expanded dramatically since its launch in the 1960s.
  • SPEA Professor Emeritus Robert Agranoff looks at the impact of the ACA on programming for people with developmental disabilities.

“Taken together, we believe the articles in the special issue offer an interesting and meaningful analysis of the wide range of issues raised by the upcoming implementation of the ACA,” said PAR Editor-in-Chief James Perry, a SPEA professor emeritus. “Anyone concerned about the future of Obamacare, whether they’re government or health industry officials, journalists, researchers or students, will find new and valuable information.”

About the Public Administration Review

Published for more than 70 years, the bimonthly Public Administration Review has long been the leading journal in the field of public administration. It is published for the American Society for Public Administration by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing and is the only journal in public administration that serves both academics and practitioners interested in the public sector and public sector management.

About the School of Public and Environmental Affairs

SPEA was founded in 1972 and is a world leader in public and environmental affairs and is the largest school of public administration and public policy in the United States. In the 2012 "Best Graduate Schools" by U.S. News & World Report, SPEA ranks second and is the nation's highest-ranked professional graduate program in public affairs at a public institution. Four of its specialty programs are ranked in the top-five listings. SPEA's doctoral programs in public affairs and public policy are also ranked by the National Research Council as among the top 2 in the nation. 

Contact Jim Hanchett at SPEA, 812-856-5490 or, to speak with editors of Public Administration Review or for help contacting authors of the articles in the issue.

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