Section 8 Course Description

Course Name: American Health and Healthcare
Section 08
Instructor: Geoffrey Williams

Americans’ self-reported health is the highest in the world, as we would expect of one of the very richest countries. Unfortunately, Americans’ health as measured statistically is much worse and over the past few decades even as our life expectancies increased by 2.5 years, other developed countries have surged ahead of us. Even Cuba now appears to have slightly higher life expectancy at birth.  Partially in response to these issues, in 2010 the Affordable Care Act was passed which radically changed the costs, availability and administration of healthcare across the country.

This course will review the basic information on American health, discuss the logic of the Affordable Care Act and its critics, and then look at how things are likely to change over the coming decades.