The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics   |  August 28, 2009

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The American public has increasingly identified health care as a key issue of concern. In order to address the multiple problems relating to the access and affordability of health care, President Obama and federal lawmakers across the political spectrum continue to call for major health reform. In any debate on health reform, a predictable set of complex policy, management, and economic issues is likely to be raised. Peppered among these are issues that are uniquely legal, whether constitutional, statutory, or regulatory in nature. Sometimes the legal issues are not obvious, and sometimes they are viewed (or portrayed) as insoluble. Due to the diverse interests involved in health reform, these issues could lead to a series of high-stakes policy debates.

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