What A BadA$$ President: Obama Becomes First Sitting President to Publish An Academic Paper


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President Obama

President Barack Obama is not only a great statesman but also a scholar—and twitter has been hailing him for this after it emerged he has published a scholarly article.
The article, titled “United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps,” which listed “Barack Obama, JD” as author, was on July 11 published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
In the article, the US president lays out how the next president and his administration can continue to improve health care with some persuasive recommendations.
Obama recommends for “the cost of prescription drugs and making a “public option” available for people buying health care coverage as a cheaper alternative to buying coverage from private companies” BusinessInsider states.
Though it’s a strong academic paper, Forbes reports that the article isn’t marked as peer-reviewed—but it went through thorough facts-checking and had to meet the JAMA’s high standard.
“While we of course recognized the author is the president of the United States, JAMA has enormously high standards and we certainly expected the president to meet those standards,” Howard Bauchner, JAMA’s editor-in-chief, told Bloomberg in an interview.
President Obama in the article captures the progress of Affordable Care by writing: “Since the ACA became law, the uninsured rate has declined by 43%, from 16.0% in 2010 to 9.1% in 2015”
However, he recognizes that more ought to be done when he wrote: “Despite this progress, too many Americans still strain to pay for their physician visits and prescriptions, cover their deductibles, or pay their monthly insurance bills; struggle to navigate a complex, sometimes bewildering system; and remain uninsured.”
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