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In this article, Professor Orentlicher discusses the need for containing costs, as well as increasing access, for health case in the United States. He argues that for decades, the U.S. health care system has grappled with two key problems - inadequate access to coverage and increasingly unaffordable health care costs. During the debate that led to the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, public officials recognized the need to address the problems of both access and cost, but in the end, the Act does far more about increasing access than it does about cutting costs. Professor Orentlicher introduces the cost problem, discusses whether the ACA will solve the problem, and outlines the provisions in the ACA addressing cost containment. Finally, we are left with the question of whether future Congresses will implement the measures necessary to tame health care cost inflation or whether uncontrolled costs will cause the Affordable Care Act to unravel.

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6 FIU L. Rev. 65 (2010).