Squaring the circle in U.S. health care

President Barack Obama defending his health-care policy to college students
President Barack Obama defends the Affordable Care Act to a college audience in 2013 during an attempt by the Republican-controlled Congress to defund it (source: dpa)
  • Obamacare expanded enrollments and coverage in health-care insurance
  • Republican repeal-and-replace efforts have focused on cutting costs
  • With legislation deadlocked in the Senate, it may be time for bipartisan solutions

Health care in the United States has dominated the cultural and political conversation for over a decade. It’s obvious why. The subject elicits strong opinions because it touches on the political, moral and practical aspects of everyday life. Health care also has enormous consequences in terms of policy, law and public finance. This is particularly the case with the U.S. system, which turned into an inefficient and costly tangle of complex regulations generated by profit-driven organizations. The result is uneven coverage for many of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

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