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August 2, 2016

The Affordable Care Act and the Future of US Health Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1Editor in Chief, JAMA
JAMA. 2016;316(5):492-493. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.9872

In a Special Communication in this issue of JAMA, US President Barack Obama presents a summary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), describing the successes, the challenges ahead, and the policy implications of the legislative history of the ACA.1 Three other editorials accompany the article.2-4 Peter Orszag, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Obama; Stuart Butler, a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution and former director of the Center for Policy Innovation at The Heritage Foundation; and coauthors Jonathan Skinner, the James O. Freedman Presidential Professor of Economics at Dartmouth and Amitabh Chandra, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, each reflect on the Special Communication and provide scholarly insights about the ACA and current health policy. They also discuss the important next steps for US health care. In the past 2 years JAMA has published numerous articles about the ACA, including several that have been critical of the law and have outlined needed changes.5-12