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Albany Med President and CEO James J. Barba

 

Health Care Reform


Health Care Reform 

Federalism and the Individual Health Insurance Mandate
New York State Bar Association’s Health Law Journal - Summer/Fall 2011
During 2012, the US Supreme Court will address the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, an act that could have a very profound effect on Americans, and on the economy itself.

The act’s most controversial aspect, and to-date the most legally challenged, is the individual mandate that requires, beginning in 2014, individuals to either obtain health coverage or pay a penalty. Interestingly, in late 2010, before courts around the US began lengthy deliberations about the mandate and the act’s constitutionality, Mr. Barba began an in-depth exploration of what the Supreme Court was likely to do with the issue if it were to come before it.

This scholarly history-driven analysis on a contentious aspect of Obamacare by James J. Barba appeared in the New York State Bar Association’s Health Law Journal (summer/fall 2011).

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Health Care Reform
Business Review

This provocative series of five opinion articles on the cost and provision of health care by James J. Barba appeared during September 2011 in the Business Review, Albany, NY.

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Showdown for Obamacare
Times Union
This opinion article (Albany Times Union, Oct. 9, 2011) by James J. Barba is adapted from his scholarly history-driven analysis of Obamacare’s “individual mandate” that appeared in the New York State Bar Association’s Health Law Journal (summer/fall 2011).  It focuses on the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, an act that could have a very profound effect on Americans and on the economy itself; it will be addressed during 2012 by the US Supreme Court. Its most contentious aspect, and to-date the most legally challenged, is the individual mandate that requires, beginning in 2014, individuals to either obtain health coverage or pay a penalty. Interestingly, in late 2010, before courts around the US began lengthy deliberations about the mandate and the act’s constitutionality, Mr. Barba began an in-depth exploration of what the Supreme Court was likely to do with the issue if it were to come before it. Mr. Barba received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School and practiced law for more than 25 years before being named Albany Med’s president and CEO in 1995.

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