National Archives at Kansas City

-The Struggle to Implement Obamacare: Implications for American Governance- with Dr. Frank Thompson

Press Release: April 1, 2015

National Archives at Kansas City

The Struggle to Implement Obamacare: Implications for American Governance with Dr. Frank Thompson

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…On Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will present, in partnership with Park University, Dr. Frank Thompson, who will provide commentary and discussion regarding The Struggle to Implement Obamacare: Implications for American Governance. A free light reception will precede the lecture at 6:00 p.m.

According to Thompson, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 was an epic policy breakthrough, culminating a century of effort to expand health insurance coverage to nearly all Americans, but those striving to implement the law have faced a difficult, contentious context marked by deep-seated partisan polarization. Thompson’s discussion will track the progress to date in implementing two major provisions of the PPACA - the creation of viable insurance exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid. The lecture will also show how the PPACA intersects with broader issues of American governance: the rise of the executive branch within the separation-of-powers system, the increased importance of the administrative presidency and the emergence of fractious federalism rooted in partisan polarization.

Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

The lecture series is named in honor of the late Park University professor emeritus of political science and public administration, Jerzy Hauptmann, Ph.D. Hauptmann taught at Park for more than 50 years, and he launched the University’s first graduate degree program in 1982. In 2001, Park’s School for Public Affairs was renamed the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs in honor of this remarkable educator. The Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series was established through the generosity of alumni, colleagues and friends of Hauptmann upon his 40th anniversary at Park University. The Lecture Series brings outstanding scholars to the Kansas City area to address topics related to Hauptmann’s three areas of study: international politics, public administration and democracy.

About the Speaker

Frank Thompson has published extensively on issues of politics and administration, implementation, public management and health policy. In 2007, Thompson received a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award to study the evolution of Medicaid during the Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. The research resulted in a book, Medicaid Politics: Federalism, Policy Durability and Health Reform. The book is a thorough examination of the genesis and expansion of Medicaid and its impact on the American health care system. Thompson is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a past president of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and the former executive director of the National Commission on State and Local Public Service. In 2008, Thompson joined the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, and concurrently became an affiliated faculty member of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy in New Brunswick. Prior to his tenure at Rutgers, he served as dean of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Thompson is an alumnus of the University of Chicago where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and the University of California, Berkley, where he received his doctoral and master’s degrees in the same discipline. Thompson was recognized in March 2015 by the American Society for Public Administration with the Dwight Waldo Award, which honors outstanding contributions to the professional literature, and with the Charles Levine Award for his demonstrated commitment in teaching, research and service to the wider public administration community.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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