What are the goals of healthcare reform in the United States?

Whether or not you agree with the changes under the Affordable Care Act, it is important to know how healthcare reform affects your access to care and the quality of care you and your family receive so that you can make the best possible decisions when it comes to your health and wellness.
As of summer 2011, the Obama Administration had asserted the goals of the legislation are to:
  • Assure affordable, quality health coverage for all Americans
  • Remove obstacles to coverage for people with pre-existing conditions
  • Maintain coverage in the event of job loss or change
  • Safeguard families from bankruptcies related to health expenses
  • Guarantee choice of doctors and coverage plans
  • Shrink long-term cost increases in health care for businesses and the government
  • Improve quality of care and patient safety
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