Top Five Neglected Features of the Affordable Care Act

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.