Reading list

Why the Individual Mandate Matters, by Matthew Buettgens, Bowen Garrett, and John Holahan

State MedicaidCoverage forTobacco-DependenceTreatments—United States, 2009, by SB McMenamin, HA Halpin, and M Ingram

The Health Care Reform Legislation: An Overview, by Chapin White

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) fundamentally shifts the social contract in the U.S., according to Chapin White of the Center for Studying Health System Change.

The Simple Economics of Health Reform, by David M. Cutler

According to David Cutler of Harvard, a key player in crafting health care reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could turn out to be the most successful piece of health care legislation ever.

The Economics, Opportunities, and Challenges of Health Insurance Exchanges, by Mark G. Duggan and Robert Kocher

Can the health insurance exchanges in the Affordable Care Act substantially improve the functioning and reach of the private health insurance market? They can if executed correctly, according to Mark Duggan of the University of Maryland and Robert Kocher of McKinsey Center for U.S. Health System Reform, who point to new incentives for individuals, employers, and insurers.

Systemic Reform of Health Care Delivery and Payment, by Henry J. Aaron

We need to be better informed about the four formidable obstacles facing The Health Care Act (ACA), according to Henry Aaron of the Brookings Institution. Aaron delves into the tough fights that lie ahead for certain sections of the ACA, given the precarious balance of political forces leading up to the 2012 election.

How Stable Are Insurance Subsidies in Health Reform? by Mark V. Pauly

The case that insurance subsidies will improve health is far from compelling, according to Mark Pauly of The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, and needs to be strengthened if the program is to be politically stable. The time for this conversation is now, argues Pauly.

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