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Prior to beginning work on this discussion, review your assigned textbook chapters and the Appendix: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 and other required readings for this week: Crisis in U.S. health care: Corporate power still blocks reform; What do we know about the needs and challenges of health systems? A scoping review of the international literature; Health care reform in the United States: Past, present and future challenges; About the Affordable Care Act (Links to an external site.).

Over the past four weeks, you have learned about the U.S. health care system and its complexities. For this discussion, you will focus on the enacted laws and regulations that have influenced the health care system and how it functions. You will need to address components from Part 1 and Part 2 in your initial response.

Part 1

  • In the table below, there are eight high profile laws and regulations that have influenced the U.S. health care system. The law or regulation you will be discussing is assigned by the first initial of your last name as shown in the table.
  • After researching your assigned law or regulation, you will respond by addressing the following:
    • Compare the positive and negative elements of the law or regulation.
    • Reviewing your own definition of the health care system posted in your Week 1 Post Your Introduction discussion,
      • Define the health care system now, considering what you have learned throughout this course.
      • Compare the differences between the definitions.

Part 2

In thinking about the future of health care in the United States,

  • Examine where you see the U.S. health care system in the next five or 10 years (e.g., costs, access, quality, technology, government, or private health insurance coverage, etc.)
  • Describe any potential reforms, research, and recommendations for improvements currently being proposed by health care agencies, lawmakers, citizens groups, political parties or action committees, lobbyists, Note that the reforms to be described in this part should be those that have not yet been enacted.

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