This seminar examines the legal and policy issues raised by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, one of the most ambitious pieces of social legislation of the past century. Topics may include insurance market reform, individual insurance regulation (eg., preexisting conditions clauses and the individual mandate), regulation of employer based coverage, cost-containment, uninsurance, personal responsibility, quality improvement, Medicare and Medicaid reform, the role of expert advice among others. Students are expected to actively participate in all seminar sessions and to write short papers and give presentations throughout the semester. With the permission of the instructor, students may write one longer research paper at the end of the term.
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