Each new president enters the White House with big dreams and unique challenges. For President Joe Biden, 2021 was dominated by the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, an historically difficult transition of power, and a focus on packing an ambitious combination of economic relief, infrastructure investment, and social spending initiatives into a handful of multi-trillion dollar omnibus bills to push through a tightly-divided Congress.
This extraordinary March and April – marked by rising numbers of Covid-19 cases and fatalities, suffering for patients and families, courageous efforts by clinicians, restricted social interaction, business closings, massive unemployment – has battered our healthcare system and economy. Here are a few early thoughts on how the evolving pandemic has changed the outlook for health policy after the November elections.
With impeachment behind us and the elections looming, both parties are focused on healthcare, the policy topic of greatest concern to voters. More specifically, they are focused on lowering the cost of prescription drugs.
This is the Age of Big Data – and also the Age of Data Vulnerability. How we as a society square these two realities will be important to all of us as citizens, consumers, and health communications professionals.