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April 5, 2016

Halfway There? Health Reform Starts Now

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey

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JAMA. 2016;315(13):1335-1336. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.1732

Five-plus years after the Affordable Care Act became law, the US health care system is finally undergoing the changes it needs to care for all of its patients. Regardless of politics, the law has spurred substantial gains in coverage and catalyzed new models for managing the delivery and payment of care.

Even the most optimistic agree that the promise of affordable, comprehensive, person-centered care is still a point on the horizon. However, this destination can be reached, but the road is long and everyone, regardless of politics, needs to share the journey. According to an old African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”

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