Summary of The Affordable Care Act

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The Affordable Care Act book summary
A clear, in-depth, neutral appraisal of the US Affordable Care Act debate.


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Health care affects everyone. Americans pay more for it and receive less in return than the people in any other industrialized nation. It accounts for almost one-fifth of America’s GDP and employs millions of people. The controversy and confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – which represented the biggest change in US health care history – continues unabated years after its narrow, entirely partisan passage in 2010 under the nickname “Obamacare.” Few Americans understand the ACA. Exaggerated claims, sensationalism and outright lies from both sides of the debate make the whole thing incomprehensible to many. Health care policy professor Purva H. Rawal’s objective, nonpartisan reference guide to the ACA may not have you on the edge of your seat, but you’ll come away understanding the law, how it reached this stage and where US health care may be headed. Given the presidential election results, more change is likely. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends this manual as rich in research and long on facts.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What developments led to the passage of the Affordable Care Act,
  • Which claims from both sides of the debate are trustworthy and which are not, and
  • What changes the ACA has wrought and what future changes may await.


“One Hundred Years of Debate”
Few issues sparked such heated discussion, for so long, as “health reform” in the US. The 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) followed “two years of public deliberation” – but a century of debate, ideas and proposals, many of them bipartisan...
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About the Author

Purva H. Rawal, PhD, served as a US Senate staffer during the ACA debate and joined the nonprofit sector to help implement the ACA and advise industry. She teaches health care policy at Georgetown University.

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    Paul Akers 6 months ago
    I have listen to hundreds of book is on getAbstract but this one is by far so erroneous and full of lies it is hard to believe they published it. I am an employer with 50 employees and the ACA has been a total disaster premium cost rising 25% sometimes year over year and was cancellations a policies and frustrated employees with the system that is filled with bureaucracy and red tape
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    Jerry Greenwell 6 months ago
    Given the strong election rhetoric, and now the repeal and delay message, I doubt they have a thoughtful substitute planned. They will repeal it so they meet the election promise but a 3 year delay is nothing but a charade.
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    Victoria Littlefield 7 months ago
    This is old news and has been beaten to death in the media since the Act was passed. A better use of time is to keep an eye on how the new administration will try to replace it given their promises that theirs will be better, cheaper, and will cover pre-existing conditions.

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