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Undergraduate Research Paper

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Although one of the most medically-advanced nations in the world, the United States has lagged behind other nations in extending health care insurance to its citizens. This paper explores the issue of U.S. health care reform by tracing the history of reform efforts and examining factors and trends contributing to the rising cost of health care. Particular attention is given to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the controversies surrounding it. Based on this analysis, the author discusses several recurring barriers to health care reform and offers recommendations on how to overcome them.