Here are some snippets from blog posts and commentaries across the country. This is just a sampling and is not meant to be comprehensive.
California Health Care Foundation: “The Future of Health Care in California,” by Sandra R. Hernández, president and CEO, November 11 on The CHCF Blog. “This unexpected turn of events comes at a time when our state has been setting an example for the nation with the successful implementation of the [Affordable Care Act] ACA,” she writes. People “must not experience disruptions in access and care.” CHCF’s mission has not changed, she tells readers.
The Commonwealth Fund: “The Affordable Care Act in 2017: Challenges for President-Elect Trump and Congress,” by David Blumenthal, president, and Sara R. Collins, vice president, health care coverage and access, November 10 on To the Point: Quick Takes on Health Care Policy and Practice. “We hope that the change in government leadership as a result of Tuesday’s election will not alter the nation’s commitment to improving insurance coverage and health care,” they say. “The recent challenges in the ACA marketplaces are not insurmountable.”
The John A. Hartford Foundation: “Building Momentum: The Importance of Improving Care for Older Adults in the New Administration,” by Terry Fulmer, president, November 9, on Health AGEnda Blog. “We congratulate Donald Trump,” she says. “In this often personality-driven [presidential] race, many important issues were noticeably absent, including those related to our rapidly aging nation that we at The John A. Hartford Foundation care passionately about.” She notes, “It’s time for that to change.”
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health: “Understanding Obamacare,” by Ike Evans, public affairs representative, November 10, on Hogg Blog. Evans focuses this post on 150 Years of ObamaCare, a book by Daniel E. Dawes. Evans notes that “with Obamacare now in jeopardy,” this historical account of the landmark law “becomes all the more important.” A podcast on “the human toll of navigating the health care system with a mental health diagnosis” is included, Evans adds.
Related resource: Read Donald A. Barr’s review of the Dawes book in the August 2016 issue of Health Affairs.
Missouri Foundation for Health: “What’s Next for Health in Missouri?” by Robert (“Bob”) Hughes, president and CEO, November 15, on the foundation’s Bubbling Up webpage. Hughes briefly acknowledges the recent election but focuses on “improving the health and well-being of communities and people most in need in our region.” As to access to care and health outcomes, Hughes says, “I think that we’d all agree as Americans that we can do better.” He directs readers to papers from the National Academy of Medicine’s Vital Directions for Health and Health Care initiative—especially one on chronic disease prevention and one on the health professions workforce.
Peter G. Peterson Foundation: “Fiscal Advice for President-Elect Trump and the Next Congress,” November 9, on the funder’s Fiscal Blog. Having run television advertisements during the election season about the national debt, the foundation focuses on this subject in this post. It notes that “in just over a decade, interest on the debt will become our third largest federal program.” The post cites two former Congressional Budget Office (CBO) directors who, at the foundation’s May Fiscal Summit, offered their top policy priorities for the next administration. Doug Holtz-Eakin pointed to the importance of “addressing the rapid growth of health, retirement, and other entitlement programs” as one of his priorities. Bob Reischauer mentioned tax reform and urged the new president (unknown at that time) “to address the projected shortfalls in Social Security and Medicare.”
REACH Healthcare Foundation (Merriam, Kansas): “CEO Message: There’s Still Work to Be Done,” by Brenda Sharpe, president and CEO, November 9, on the foundation’s website. Sharpe says when “contemplating the potential future” of the ACA, she reminds herself that there was no such law when she came to the foundation in 2004. Its passage was “a rare gift” and “was ultimately a necessary step in the advancement of national debate on the soaring costs of health care and the inability of so many of our neighbors to experience the economic security of health insurance.” But, Sharpe wonders, if ACA opponents repeal the law, American consumers have to ask, “[W]ith what do we want it replaced?”
Rippel Foundation (Morristown, New Jersey): “Past Is Prologue: Improving America’s Health through 11 Presidents and Counting,” by Laura Landy, president and CEO, November 17, on The ReThinkers Blog of the foundation’s ReThink Health initiative. The title refers to how many presidents have come and gone since the foundation was established in 1953. Landy notes that through Republican and Democratic administrations, “and regardless of red states v. blue states, our health system has failed the American people.” The Rippel Foundation has been trying to “radically shift the national dialogue around health and health care, and [is] calling for the wholesale redesign and transformation of our health system.” Rippel “will continue with [this] difficult but necessary work of reimagining and transforming” the system. “We are optimists at heart,” she concludes.
Vitalyst Health Foundation (formerly St. Luke’s Health Initiatives) (Phoenix, Arizona): “A November Note.” In this short comment, the foundation reiterates its commitment to “improving the health of all Arizonans.” The message encourages people to work together in achieving the foundation’s vision, which includes “a broader concept of health that is both expansive and inclusive.”
Foundation Center, “Weekend Link Roundup (November 12–13, 2016),” by Mitch Nauffts, November 13, on PhilanTopic blog. This nice roundup includes a variety of short descriptions of posts with links.
The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness): “Aftermath: Post-Election Reflections,” by Judy Belk, president and CEO, November 9, on the foundation’s For Wellness’ Sake page. Belk comments, “The outcomes of the November 8 election do not change our commitment to achieving health equity for everyone in California, regardless of your political perspective or personal beliefs.”
The Kresge Foundation: “Kresge President: What Does Philanthropy Do Next? The Political Landscape Has Changed, Our Values Shouldn’t,” by Rip Rapson, president and CEO, November 11, on the foundation’s website. Rapson says that now that the campaign is over, “philanthropy is particularly called upon to identify and actualize its values and missions to ensure that society heals and progresses in a positive, just, and affirming way.” He later says, “There simply has to be room in a Trump administration—in any administration—for ensuring that a child’s health is not predetermined by her zip code.” Kresge’s staff will “watch and listen and think carefully over the next months about whether, and to what extent, we need to shift our bearings.”
The SCAN Foundation: “An Open Letter to President-Elect Trump: Five Action Items for Your Contract with Older Americans,” by Bruce Chernof, president and CEO, November 10, on the foundation’s website. Chernof, a physician, includes on his list “Protect older Americans and their families from financial bankruptcy when long-term care needs strike” and “Modernize Medicare to pay for team-based, organized care to get more value for older Americans with complex care needs.”
Chronicle of Philanthropy: “New Realities for Philanthropy in the Trump Era,” by Benjamin Soskis of George Mason University’s Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy, November 10, Opinion piece. Just a few interesting snippets from this longer, balanced, and thoughtful piece follow. “The policies pushed by the Trump administration, although we can only guess at them now, will likely have drastic consequences” in women’s health, health care in general, environmental protection, and more. He cautions readers that “the populism that boosted Trump regards Big Philanthropy with similar contempt as it does Big Government.” Make sure to read the full post—there is much to ponder here.
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University: “Election Results Show Low Trust in Most Institutions,” by Kyle Caldwell, executive director, November 17.