Available for Interviews: Dr. Reagan B. Anderson
Dr. Anderson is the author of Universal Death Care: A Solution for Healthcare in the Age of Entitlement. Dr. Anderson was a combat doctor in Iraq, and has since run a successful medical clinic in the U.S. He wrote this book because he is tired of profit-driven policies that don’t support American’s health. For this reason, Anderson has dedicated his life to changing healthcare in America.
What Dr. Anderson Can Say in an Interview on The Issues Surrounding the Appeal of the Affordable Care Act:
- The Supreme Court heard arguments to repeal Obamacare for the third time on November 10th.
- The issue this time is again over the “individual mandate.” In 2012 it was argued by President Obama that the individual mandate was not severable from the rest of the ACA. The supreme court upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate being a tax.
- In 2017 congress voted on making the individual mandate $0 = can be construed as no longer a tax. This went into effect in 2019. The argument now is that since it is not a tax, and since it is not severable from the ACA, then the whole law should be thrown out. However, after the individual mandate was removed it did not greatly effect how many people purchased healthcare through an ACA exchange in 2019 or 2020.
- Justice Roberts asked why would congress only change the only individual mandate in 2017 and not the rest of the ACA if they wanted the entire ACA thrown out? Seems that this makes the individual mandate severable from the rest of the ACA = ACA stands.
- The Supreme Court also asked if there is even standing to try the case since the penalty is now $0—So where is the harm? There is a question of standing.
- If the individual mandate is found to be unconstitutional and non-severable from the ACA, the entire law could be repealed and the ripple throughout healthcare would be far reaching, especially without another law immediately available to stand in its place. Consequences of repeal would be: about 20 million people will lose insurance, States would lose $135B in federal funding for Medicaid, marketplaces, and Children’s Health Insurance Program, $135+ million Americans with pre-existing conditions could face discrimination in being eligible for health coverage, women would be charged more for health coverage (“gender rating” which often was 1.5x the rate for males), children can stay on parent’s health insurance until 26 years of age, decreased access to pharmaceuticals as ACA mandated that insurances “cover at least one drug in every class,” and reduced prescription prices for the elderly, many preventative care services would not be covered.
Interview: Dr. Reagan B. Anderson
Dr. Reagan Anderson is an Osteopathic Doctor (DO) who specializes in general Dermatology and in Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. Dr. Anderson moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he attained his Bachelor of Science and Biology from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Christian Studies degree from Regent College. Dr. Anderson was then invited to attend the founding Osteopathic Medical School, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Upon matriculation, Dr. Anderson was commissioned in the United States Navy where he spent the majority of his time serving the United States Marine Corps as the First Reconnaissance Battalion Surgeon. Dr. Anderson states, “Over the five years I spent in the U.S. Navy, it was my distinct honor to serve the medical needs of the military men and women of our great country. This experience, particularly my tours in Iraq where I treated U.S. and coalition military members as well as Iraqi civilians, gave me extensive experience in recognizing and treating the underlying causes of dermatologic conditions.”
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