Shift Shapers Podcast

16 Mar 2020

Ep #305 Part 1: Reading the Political Tea Leaves – with Jessica Waltman

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This is part 1 of The ShiftShapers Podcast episode called “Reading the Political Tea Leaves – with Jessica Waltman” and today, host and Chief Transformation Strategist David Saltzman and Jessica discuss health insurance and health-related matters in today’s political climate.

Jessica, who is Principal at Forward Health Consulting, provides easy to understand insights about what is happening with the Affordable Care Act or ACA and how scrapping it affects much more than just Obamacare. She also provides a fearless forecast on the future of the ACA under a Sanders, Biden, and second Trump administration.

What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • 02:21 Supreme Court to rule on the ACA
  • 10:57 Separating Obamacare from ACA
  • 14:22 Predicting healthcare in the next administration


07:08 “So we’re going to hear one hour of arguments and you’re going to have to bring these issues to us. One, is this challenge to the ACA even legal at all?”

08:07 “And then three, if it is true, and the mandate’s invalid, then can it be separated from the rest of the ACA or should the entire law be struck down?”

11:16 “The part that everybody talks about, things about as Obamacare, is really about 50 pages in the front. So it’s not really that big.”

16:01 “Bernie Sanders wants to have a single-payer system in the United States. He wants everyone to have free healthcare with no co-pays, no premiums.”

20:34 “My guess is that Joe Biden, having his very long legislative history and then also serving as vice president, is a little more flexible than perhaps Bernie Sanders.”

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