Skip to Main Content

Health Care Reform

Provides print and electronic resources on the topic of health care reform.

About Health Care Reform

John McCain speaks with reporters after he votes against the Obamacare repeal. Health care legislation refers to laws that govern or regulate the American health care system and its operational policies. The objectives of health care legislation typically include issues like improving patient access, reducing costs, and rectifying predatory or discriminatory practices in the health care sector. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), implemented in March 2010 and informally known as "Obamacare," represents a major piece of legislation designed to enact comprehensive reforms. The law's three main aims are bringing affordable health insurance to underserved populations, broadening the scope of the Medicaid program, and reducing costs through innovations in care delivery. As of April 2019, amid ongoing challenges in the courts, the ACA remained the central piece of health care.... (Opposing Viewpoints)

Narrow the Topic

  • How do rising health costs hurt the elderly and poverty stricken?
  • What are some of the most effective ways to control the high cost of healthcare?
  • How does fraud raise healthcare costs and how can it be prevented?
  • Why was President Clinton’s healthcare reform plan defeated?
  • How is President Obama's health care reform initiative different from ones attempted previously?
  • How does health care reform address the increase in mental health issues?
  • Discuss the pros and cons of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). 
  • Do states have the right to ignore federal laws that they do not want to follow?
  • Should the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) be repealed?