The Future of the Affordable Care Act: Will We Abandon Health Care Reform?

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARYWith obstacles to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) growing, nurses need to continue to educate themselves about the ACA and the issues it is designed to address.While it has many shortcomings, the ACA invests in creating a new infrastructure that holds the potential to improve care quality and contain costs.Health economist Victor Fuchs suggests three areas must change if we are to have a health care system that is quality focused: information, infrastructure, and incentives.The current health care legislation is noble and lays a basis for future structural cost containment.The health care system continues to unravel as our politicians remain polarized over reform efforts.We must engage or we will never find solutions, never see reform.

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