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Top Five Neglected Features of the Affordable Care Act

By Matthew Yglesias on December 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm

"Top Five Neglected Features of the Affordable Care Act"

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Underrated law signed earlier this year contains a number of provisions that are only tangentially related to the core health insurance market reforms, each of which would have been considered important achievements had they passed as standalone measures:

Reform of student loan process to eliminate rip-off by for-profit lenders.

Community transformation grants to help make the built environment more conducive to public health.

— $12.5 billion in grants for community health centers.

— Nationwide calorie menu labeling regulations.

— Comparative effectiveness research.

Incidentally, I’m glad to see that the “Affordable Care Act” lingo that I started trying to popularize months ago as an alternative to “ObamaCare” has been taken up by the administration.

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