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Health Care Reform

A brief research guide for students researching health care reform in the United States.

Key Search Words

Use the words below to search for useful information.

  • health care reform - United States
  • national health policy
  • Health Care Freedom Act, or Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), or American Health Care Act of 2017, or H.R. 1628 
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ACA, or PPACA, or Obamacare, 
  • financing health care
  • medical policy
  • right to health

Start Learning About Your Topic

Background Reading:

It's important to begin your research learning something about your subject; in fact, you won't be able to create a focused, manageable thesis unless you already know something about your topic.

This step is important so that you will:

  • Begin building your core knowledge about your topic
  • Be able to put your topic in context
  • Create research questions that drive your search for information
  • Create a list of search terms that will help you find relevant information
  • Know if the information you’re finding is relevant and useful

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Create Research Questions to Focus Your Topic

Health care reform is a complex topic that is best dealt with by narrowing your focus. Do some background reading, and use the questions below to help you focus your topic.

Health Care Reform

  • What is health care reform?
  • What is the history of health care reform in the United States?
  • Why is health care reform such a controversial issue?
  • Why is health care reform an important issue right now?
  • What are the potential effects of health care reform? Short and long-term economic effects? Political effects? Health effects?

Medicaid/Medicare

  • What is Medicaid?  Who gets health care through Medicaid?
  • What is Medicare?  Who is covered by Medicare?

Affordable Care Act

  • What is the Affordable Care Act?
  • How many citizens of California's Central Valley are covered by the Affordable Care Act?
  • What are the provisions of the Affordable Care Act? What does exactly does it cover?
  • What are the most controversial parts of the ACA? Why?
  • What are the arguments in favor of the Affordable Care Act?
  • Why are the arguments against the Affordable Care Act?
  • Based on your research of the arguments for and against health care reform, what do you think about the Affordable Care Act?

National Health Care Proposals 2017

  • Why did the U.S. House and Senate fail to replace Obamacare?
  • How does the American Health Care Act, recently passed by the US House of Representatives, compare to the Affordable Care Act?
  • How does the Better Care Reconciliation Act now being debated in the U.S. Senate compare to the Affordable Care Act?
  • How is the Better Care Reconciliation Act different than the American Health Care Act?  What changes in the legislation have been made in the Senate?

Find Books @ the MJC Library

Why You Use Books:

Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. WorldCat logo

Where Do I Find Books?

Use WorldCat to discover books, eBooks, videos, and more for your research. Use the search bar below to begin your search:

  


For complete instructions on using WorldCat check out our WorldCat research guide.

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Here Are Some Good Books to Get You Started:

Find Articles in Library Databases

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Cite Your Sources

Your instructor should tell you which citation style he or she wants you to use. Click on the appropriate link below to learn how to format your paper and cite your sources according to a particular style.