Health care: Past and future

By Peter Pollack

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on March 23, 2010, marked a landmark shift in the delivery of health care in the United States. Response to the reform bill has largely been mixed, with supporters claiming that the bill will improve coverage and reduce costs, while critics claim that the savings estimates are unrealistic and predict that the changes wrought by PPACA will increase pressure to scale back the delivery of quality health care.

At the “Healthcare Reform Bill: Past, Present and Future” symposium, held during the 2011 Annual Meeting, Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, chair of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Orthopaedic Political Action Committee, admitted as much to the assembled crowd.

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