By Whitney McFadden
AMSA Health Policy Team Chair
As a medical student, between studying for the next test, preparing for an early morning presentation on rotation, and trying to skillfully hold the stethoscope to hear a heartbeat, I believe the State of the Union is an important opportunity to learn what our President feels are the most salient issues facing our nation. Personally, I was interested in his approach to the issues relevant to many of our patients, wealth disparities in the U.S., the future of our healthcare system, and access to medicine.
Here are some of the points that stood out and will hopefully continue the discussion of how we can improve our nation’s health:
A growing number of Americans who would have been without health insurance are now covered. The president spoke about Amanda Shelley, a single mom with a pre-existing condition that prevented her from having health insurance prior to January 1st. She had emergency surgery that would have made her bankrupt had she not enrolled in her new plan created by the Affordable Care Act. President Obama called on every American to help get their family and friends covered and to tap into the collective spirit ...