The United States has debated whether all Americans should be guaranteed access to quality health care coverage for almost a century.  2010’s Affordable Care Act is a culmination of that debate, but it does not signal the end of the health reform debate in the US.  With implementation of the Affordable Care Act occurring over the next several years, and the on-going need for improvements to existing laws and programs, the health reform debate will continue.

The following resources highlight key steps along the road to health care reform, starting in 1912, and provide a historic lens for what the future may hold for the health reform debate in the US.

  • Timeline: History of Health Reform Efforts in the US (Kaiser Family Foundation)
  • A History of Overhauling Health Care: Nearly 100 Years of Legislative Milestones and Defeats (The New York Times)