Treaty or Not? The Affordable Care Act & Indian Country - Ep. 5 "The Earthquake"

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Treaty or Not? The Affordable Care Act & Indian Country - Ep. 5 "The Earthquake"

Will the Affordable Care Act work? It's too early to know that answer. But this is not a new question in history. More than sixty years ago the Bureau of Indian Affairs was awful in its operation of health care programs. One doctor wrote: All we really need are good doctors, facilities and pharmaceuticals. I am weary." Congress finally got the message and in 1955 created the Indian Health Service. But that shift -- as dramatic as the one today -- worked and it significantly improved the quality of life for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Written by Mark Trahant.

Interviews conducted and edited by Mark Trahant.

 
 

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