The Affordable Care Act as a National Experiment

Health Policy Innovations and Lessons

  • Harry P. Selker
  • June S. Wasser

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Implementing Change: Objectives of the ACA

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. James Roosevelt Jr., Terence Burke, Paul Jean
      Pages 9-15
    3. Kavita Patel, Mallory West
      Pages 17-26
  3. Don’t Get Mad, Get Data: Conducting the Experiment

  4. Make it a People Issue: Engaging the Public

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. June S. Wasser
      Pages 87-90
    3. Bruce E. Landon, Stuart Altman
      Pages 91-98
    4. Ceci Connolly
      Pages 99-107
  5. From Personal to Political to Policy: What Next?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. James Roosevelt Jr., Terence Burke, Paul Jean
      Pages 111-115
    3. JudyAnn Bigby
      Pages 127-141
    4. John McDonough
      Pages 143-148
    5. Harry P. Selker
      Pages 149-150
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 151-155

About this book


This book examines the landmark 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) from the perspective that health policy innovation is translational research directed at improving health.  It delineates a new perspective about the creation and potential impact of the ACA and guides the development of health policy that is supported by best evidence that, in turn, transforms into practice, policy, and public benefit. Told by those involved in the creation and implementation of the ACA, the book reviews the history and impact of this ground-breaking legislation and recommends priorities, objectives, and next steps for translational research as the ACA is implemented.


Featuring contributions from nationally renowned leaders in healthcare policy, this book adds to the public conversation about the ACA and its role in shaping health policy and contributes to a more realistic, nuanced, and productive understanding of this ground-breaking legislation by physicians, policy makers, and the public. It also provides a framework for next steps in continuing to improve U.S. health policy.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Harry P. Selker
    • 1
  • June S. Wasser
    • 2
  1. 1.Inst. for Clin. Research & Health PolicyTufts Medical CenterBostonUSA
  2. 2.Instructor in MedicineTufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-8350-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-8351-9
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