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2011/4 (No 143)

  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9782707170071
  • DOI : 10.3917/her.143.0137
  • Publisher : La Découverte

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The American health care system is sick and its prognosis is poor. This system is a complex network of public and private entities, charities, and lobbies, operating in a context of a strong political ideology that distrusts the federal government. In this capitalist health care system, the proliferation of technologies and the excessive use of medical procedures are driving up costs. Inefficiencies have plunged the entire system into a dangerous economic situation with dire social consequences. In March 2010, Congress approved the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a bill that aims to implement universal health coverage and price controls over a five-year period. However, the act is being aggressively challenged, with 26 states already having filed suit against it, claiming that a health insurance mandate is unconstitutional since it violates personal freedom and is an abuse of federal power. President Obama’s health care reform will be a key issue in the 2012 presidential campaign.


  1. How Did We Get Here?
  2. A Complex System for a Plural America
  3. A Complex System for a Multi-Ethnic America
  4. Health Care at the Core of Political Debate in 2012
  5. Conclusion

To cite this article

Michelle Bertho-Huidal, “ Santé et territorialité aux États-Unis, la réforme du président Obama ”, Hérodote 4/2011 (n° 143) , p. 137-161
URL : www.cairn.info/revue-herodote-2011-4-page-137.htm.
DOI : 10.3917/her.143.0137.

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