The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – or “Obamacare” as its opponents refer to it – is either the greatest piece of social legislation in the history of the United States or an abomination inflicted on the American public that will ultimately destroy our health system. Stanley Hupfeld dissects that health system and exposes the fallacies and prejudices of both political parties. Hupfeld explains that, if we are willing to make hard choices, we can indeed cover the uninsured, control costs and not bankrupt the country.
- Describe the 14 unique reasons that the American health care system is difficult to reform.
- List and outline the phrases used by politicians that limit intelligent discussion.
- Describe the 15 opportunities to improve the American health system.
- Describe the five major impacts of the Affordable Care Act on employers providing health insurance for employees.
Stanley Hupfeld - Chairman, INTEGRIS Foundation, INTEGRIS Health
Stanley Hupfeld became president and chief executive officer of Oklahoma Healthcare Corp. and its subsidiaries, including Baptist Medical Center of Oklahoma, in 1987. In 1995 he led the merger of Baptist Medical Center, Southwest Medical Center and Baptist Healthcare of Oklahoma to form INTEGRIS Health, an integrated delivery system comprising 13 hospitals, all in Oklahoma. Annual net revenues of the system are more than $1.6 billion with more than 1,800 beds. In 2010 Hupfeld became chairman of the INTEGRIS Family of Foundations. Prior to his career with INTEGRIS Health, he served as president of All Saints Healthcare in Fort Worth, Texas, for 10 years.
Hupfeld has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Texas in Austin, and a master's of science in health care administration from Trinity University. He has served as a trustee on the national VHA and AHA board of directors, and serves on numerous other boards and commissions. He was honored in 2007 with one of the American Hospital Association’s highest honors, The Award of Honor, and is also the recipient of the Friends of Nursing Award from the Oklahoma Nurses Association, the CEO Marketer of the Year award from the American Society for Healthcare Planning and Marketing, and the Executive of the Year award from the Sales & Marketing Executives International.
Hupfeld is the author of "Political Malpractice – How the Politicians Made a Mess of Health Reform.”