Article   |   Volume 159, Issue 6

Health Reform and Public Health: Will Good Policies but Bad Politics Combine to Produce Bad Policy?

By
Harold Pollack

June 2011










The enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was an incomplete victory and will remain so even if the new Republican congressional majority does not curtail its provisions. The legislation has many shortcomings and compromises. Most importantly, it could have brought help sooner to millions of uninsured or under-insured Americans.

Despite these compromises, public health researchers and practitioners have reason to celebrate. Simply put, PPACA fundamentally altered and improved the public health infrastructure of the United States. Fully implemented, PPACA promises to markedly improve clinical preventive services and transform our nationís response to traditional centerpiece public health concerns, including HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, mental health disorders, and other conditions. Health Reform and Public Health: Will Good Policies but Bad Politics Combine to Produce Bad Policy? - PennLawReview.com


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