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Health Care Reform: Changes in Washington?

Fred M. Eckel, RPh, MS; Pharmacy Times Editor-in-Chief
Published Online: Monday, November 22, 2010
The elections have brought change to Washington’s congressional makeup.  This has invited speculation about how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act might change. Those who are unhappy with the bill have suggested changes that range from a complete repeal to elimination of mandatory participation in health insurance to restricted funding for implementation.
Pragmatists feel these possibilities are very unlikely as reality sets in, however. At the very least, the results of the recent election will impact the course of health reform in the months to come.
We’d like to hear from you. What do you think is likely to happen with the Affordable Care Act when the new congressional session opens in January? What changes would you like to see?
Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times
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This blog focuses on what our Editor-in-Chief sees as the future of pharmacy.
Author Bio
Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, is the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Eckel is a professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as executive director of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

In this blog, Eckel will provide commentary on relevant issues impacting pharmacists and pharmacy professionals, including the merging of pharmacy benefit managers, the implications of health care reform, the conversion of major drugs from prescription to over-the-counter, trends in pharmacy careers, and opioid abuse. He will also discuss legislative issues that impact pharmacists, and comment on the evolving role of the pharmacist.
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