Simon F. Haeder

Simon F. Haeder

Simon F. Haeder is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Pennsylvania State University. He is a Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program, a national leadership development program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to equip teams of researchers and community partners in applying research to solve real community problems.


Column: If Obamacare goes away, here are eight ways your life will be affected

By: - November 10, 2020

More than 10 years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) once more hangs in the balance. There have been plenty of near misses before, including previous Supreme Court appearances and congressional votes. Yet in the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, this time around Republicans may finally be successful in undoing the […]


Column: Obamacare’s safety net protects many of the millions losing health insurance – but not all

By: - May 18, 2020

The loss of 31 million jobs due to coronavirus has an added downside: 27 million have lost job-based health insurance. The worst may still lie ahead. One study estimated that 25 to 43 million people could lose coverage from their employer. The situation for many Americans feels dramatic. Fortunately, the limited U.S. safety net will […]


Column: How undoing Obamacare would harm more than the health of Americans

By: - January 23, 2020

The Affordable Care Act remains on life support after a panel of federal judges ruled on Dec. 18, 2019, that the law’s individual mandate requiring people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional. The decision hobbles the law in ways that are hard to predict politically, particularly in the upcoming election year. It also raises questions […]


Column: Americans bankrupted by health care costs: 4 questions answered

By: - December 31, 2019

Medical bankruptcy has been a talking point for many Democratic candidates as they make their individual cases for health care reform. This begs a few questions about how widespread these bankruptcies are and what causes them. 1. How big a problem is medical bankruptcy? Medical bankruptcy, which refers to situations where individuals were forced into […]