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.
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.