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United States health care reform: progress to date and next steps, by Barack Obama; and editorial: The affordable care act and the future of US health care

by jmiller on July 12, 2016

A special communication from Barack Obama presenting a summary of the ACA, describing the successes, the challenges ahead, and the policy implications of the legislative history of the ACA.(JAMA early online publication) concluding: “Policy makers should build on progress made by the Affordable Care Act by continuing to implement the Health Insurance Marketplaces and delivery system reform, increasing federal financial assistance for Marketplace enrollees, introducing a public plan option in areas lacking individual market competition, and taking actions to reduce prescription drug costs.  Although partisanship and special interest opposition remain, experience with the Affordable Care Act demonstrates that positive change is achievable on some of the nation’s most complex challenges.”  Click here to read full-text.