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Health Care "Most Read" of 2014

January 5, 2015, Alice M. Rivlin

2014 was indeed an important year for health and health care in the United States. It marked the fourth year of the Affordable Care Act and the first year of open enrollment for the Obamacare exchanges. It also included a historic slowdown in health spending-- the lowest on record-- and triggered key state decisions regarding whether or not to expand Medicaid programs. As evidence and evaluations emerged from several ACA initiatives, including Accountable Care Organizations and other large-scale demonstration projects, the law continued to face challenges in the courts and in Congress.

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