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Health Policy and Politics

The past few years, we have all heard a great deal about Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act. Where ever you stand on this particular issue, the Affordable Care Act, is a great example of health care policy and politics at work. Health care is one of the most regulated industries in the country. Each of these regulations were created as a result of something referred to as health policy. According to the World Health Organization, health policy helps to define goals and set goals for the short and long term. Health policy also builds consensus. Sometimes, though, politics and negotiations in health policy are forgotten. Multiple factors may have come into play in order for a health care law to exist. Before the Affordable Care Act came into existence, many other proposals and laws were introduced and failed. In fact, the Affordable Care Act took a long time to create. Many players, special interest groups, politicians and citizens all played a role. Several health policy issu