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The Future of the Affordable Care Act: Protecting Economic Health More than Physical Health?

24 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2014 Last revised: 17 Apr 2014

David Orentlicher

UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

Date Written: March 26, 2014

Abstract

While observers have focused on questions about the extent to which the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will improve access to care, reduce the costs of care, and improve the quality of care, commentary has largely ignored an even more important question — to what extent will ACA improve health?

Surprisingly, the link between health care insurance and health is more tenuous than one might think. In the end, the ACA may do more to protect the financial health of poor Americans than to improve their physical health.

Keywords: Affordable Care Act, health care reform, health insurance

JEL Classification: H51, I18, K32

Suggested Citation

Orentlicher, David, The Future of the Affordable Care Act: Protecting Economic Health More than Physical Health? (March 26, 2014). Houston Law Review, Vol. 51, No. 4, 2014; Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2014-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2416657

David Orentlicher (Contact Author)

UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law ( email )

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