President Trump begins to break up the Affordable Healthcare Act to increased public outcry
This week, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order which will take apart Obamacare in a bid to create further healthcare options for US civilians. However, with a large majority of the US in favour of Obamacare, the news has been fraught with confusion and dismay on all sides, with fears it will create the opposite.
Democrats have been one of the strongest voices opposing the move to take apart the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with studies suggesting that the number of Americans who will end up without any form of healthcare will rise significantly.
In a statement, Trump has stated that the order will provide "millions of Americans with Obamacare relief," "cost the United States government virtually nothing and people will have great health care. And when I say people, I mean by the millions and millions."
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Attentions will therefore be increasingly upon employers, who will need to provide Association Health Plans, as well as short term-health insurance. However, with the ability to sign up to cheaper, less comprehensive plans, many poorer families or individuals with long-term health problems could be left without essential care, or become locked out of obtaining healthcare due to sky rocketing premiums.
The eradication of cost-sharing reduction payments (CSR) under Obamacare will also see rates increase.
"Sadly, instead of working to lower health costs for Americans, it seems President Trump will single-handedly hike Americans’ health premiums," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. "It is a spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage levelled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America.
Make no mistake about it, Trump will try to blame the Affordable Care Act, but this will fall on his back and he will pay the price for it."
The plans will take approximately six months to come into effect, but it will be interesting to see how the US healthcare system adapts to these changes.
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.
“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.
Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:
- Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
- CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
- Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data
However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”
In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies.
The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help.
“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”