Today’s decision is not the beginning and is not the end for health reform in the United States. It is but one more step in a very long process. While the mandate has been sustained in the form of a tax, the decision to expand Medicaid coverage will now be up to the states. Given that public support for the ACA has been tepid at best, it is now for the states to continue the path to reform and then after the November election for the administration and Congress to work with states to put forth a stable, legal and lasting resolution.
Richard J. Manski, D.D.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Professor, Dental Public Health
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
BIO:University of Maryland School of Dentistry:
Richard J. Manski, DDS, MBA, PhD, professor and director of health services research at the University of Maryland Dental School. He is a nationally recognized expertise in data analyses, oral health services research, and oral health policy. He is serving as a senior scholar at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Manski provides advice to AHRQ staff on issues related to measuring dental care expenditures, interpretation of dental health insurance benefits and methods for enhancement of subsequent waves within longitudinal Medical Expenditure Panel Survey studies. Manski has conducted analyses on and is fluent in the use of several nationally representative data sets including the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the National Medical Care Expenditure Survey, the National Medical Expenditure Survey and the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Manski can be reach at 410-706-7245 firstname.lastname@example.org.