The Future of the Affordable Care Act: Protecting Economic Health More than Physical Health?
Indiana University - Robert H. McKinney School of Law
March 26, 2014
Houston Law Review, Vol. 51, No. 4, 2014
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2014-12
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: Affordable Care Act, health care reform, health insurance
JEL Classification: H51, I18, K32
Date posted: March 28, 2014 ; Last revised: April 17, 2014