Outlook for Obamacare

The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Fall 2012

12 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2012

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Katie Keith

Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center on Health Insurance Reforms

Tanya Baytor

Georgetown University - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Date Written: November 16, 2012

Abstract

Universal health coverage is increasingly recognized as a global social norm and moral imperative. With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the United States looks to join an ever-growing number of countries with universal health coverage and embraces the potential for improved access to adequate and affordable health care. Yet, because the ACA adopts America’s existing federalist framework, states and the federal government have much to do to prepare for 2014, when the ACA’s most significant reforms take effect. In this article, we identify the changes that states and the federal government must make to comply with the ACA and their progress to date in doing so. We also discuss the law’s significance in the global movement for universal health coverage and conclude that the law brings the United States one step closer to the global ethic of universal health coverage, despite uncertainty at the domestic level.

Keywords: Affordable Care Act, global health, universal health coverage, health reform, Obamacare

Suggested Citation

Keith, Katie and Baytor, Tanya, Outlook for Obamacare (November 16, 2012). The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Fall 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2185585

Katie Keith (Contact Author)

Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center on Health Insurance Reforms ( email )

3600 N Street, NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20057
United States

Tanya Baytor

Georgetown University - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

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