David Blumenthal on Resisting the Rush to Judge the Affordable Care Act

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<p>A full, fair reckoning of the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will take years, says Commonwealth Fund president David Blumenthal, M.D., in his latest "Reflecting on Health Reform" <a href="/blog/2013/reflecting-health-reform-balanced-view-affordable-care-act">blog post.</a> Yet "the rush to reckoning seems irresistible," he says.</p><p>In this post, Blumenthal provides a broad look at the major accomplishments and shortcomings of the ACA so far in terms of coverage expansion and health care delivery and payment reforms. </p>
<p>"The discussion of the successes and failures of the ACA needs to extend well beyond the narrow focus on website functioning, enrollment through the federal website, and the cancellation of some health plans," Blumenthal says. </p>