What Health Reform Reveals About Health Law
The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Health Law (Glenn Cohen, Allison K. Hoffman, and William M. Sage, eds.) 2017, Forthcoming
Posted: 19 Jul 2016 Last revised: 5 Aug 2016
Date Written: July 14, 2016
This chapter describes the arc of health reform in the U.S. over the Twentieth Century and explores how the most-recent major reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, offers a window into the idiosyncrasies of U.S. health care law and the values that have shaped this field. This chapter considers themes such as the influence of market-based ideology, federalism, and professionalism on health law. It illustrates how the Affordable Care Act policies that most strongly push against these preexisting values have resulted in conflict, yet, these same policies may over time initiate a gradual transformation of these legal norms.
Keywords: Affordable Care Act, health law, healthcare, healthcare financing, insurance, social insurance, Medicaid, health reform, federalism, professionalism
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