What Does The Affordable Care Act Do and How Does It Work?
Here’s the simple explanation of what reform does: Reform measures everything, so health care can finally be managed throughout the entire health care system. Reform seeks to significantly improve the availability, affordability, accountability and quality of health care through six main themes: structural reforms, information technology, realigned incentives, universal coverage and empowered consumers.
The goal is to quantify medical treatment―which has never occurred broadly before. It would hardly have been possible technologically, even ten years ago. Think about it, after all these years we’ll know which treatments actually work. The Affordable Care Act is, largely, how we create the tools and capacity to measure quality, throughout the entire health care system.
Excerpt from an upcoming book: The Well Report: Consumer's Guide to the Affordable Care Act.