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The top 10 health and medical stories of 2013

January 4, 2014

Tags: top stories 2013, Obamacare, ACA, statin guidelines, DSM-5, Sunshine Act, hospital billing

By Dr. Kate Scannell, First published in print: 01/01/2014
With this column, Dr. Kate is returning from a 4-month sabbatical.

As we enter 2014, let's take a moment to reflect on last year's signature health news.

The Affordable Care Act slogged toward 2014

Bruised, bewildered and dodging political bullets, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as "Obamacare," slogged through 2013. It stumbled badly at its October deadline to establish online marketplaces for purchasing health insurance. System errors plagued the HealthCare.gov website, frustrating consumers and obstructing enrollment. Millions of previously insured Americans felt betrayed when, contrary to the president's promise, their policies were canceled as ACA's implementation advanced. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of previously uninsured Americans cheered the ACA rollout as it newly granted them access to health care coverage in coming years.

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