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April 5, 2016

The Future of US Health Care Policy

Author Affiliations
  • 1Editor in Chief, JAMA
  • 2Executive Editor, JAMA
JAMA. 2016;315(13):1339-1340. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.2447

The enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 was the most monumental change in US health care policy since the passage of Medicaid and Medicare in 1965.1,2 Despite a bill that was more than 900 pages, the primary goals of the legislation were clear: increase the number of individuals with health insurance; improve the quality of care; and tame the seemingly inexorable increases in the cost of care.

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