Healthcare's Tumultuous Year: Looking Back on Events That Shook the Industry

Historians will no doubt look back on 2012 as a watershed year in the evolution of the U.S. healthcare system. If universal health insurance is a hallmark of a modern democracy no different than universal secondary education or universal suffrage, then America still has a long way to go. But the past year's events signaled our country clearly is on a path toward that brighter future.

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Our readers noticed that, too. They overwhelmingly chose the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as the No. 1 news story of the year. Not far behind was the re-election of President Barack Obama, which isn't surprising given his name will be forever linked to the law—dubbed Obamacare—that first enshrined universal coverage as a national goal.

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