What happens when the President of the United States of America decides to publish a peer-reviewed commentary in one of the most respected medical journals of the nation? It goes viral, of course.

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Anybody who follows me on Twitter knows that I am a big fan of Barack Obama, and my liking for him especially peaks after each year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner (although of late I am coming to appreciate Justin Trudeau as well!). However, he has just done something that very few politicians have ever actually done – gone ahead and put up his work for peer review, criticism and discussion. It takes a lot of confidence and faith in their ideas to actually do that.

Whether the ACA lives on and goes down as a successful intervention or not, will be revealed with time. It probably is not the best way out of the expensive healthcare quandary the US finds itself in today – that is definitely a topic that has raised many a heated debate. But as the POTUS who dared to initiate, nay, ignite a discussion on the issue, Mr. Obama deserves to take a bow.

However, JAMA has played a sleight of hand which Michael Eisen has highlighted:

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Owing to the crushing work load this week, I have not been able to read this article. I hope to do so when I get a little breathing space this weekend!

Skeptic Oslerphile. PhD Student in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Past: 1) Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 2) Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; 3) Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!

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