Date of Award

Spring 2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Rick Mayes


Regardless of political ideology, most policy makers agree that the United States health care system is severely flawed and significant reform is crucial.1 However, consensus ends there. Numerous reform efforts have been made over the past few decades, but the only major successful reform has been through the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010.2 With each reform effort there are many conflicting proposals considered and much controversy arises. The Affordable Care Act, as the law is more commonly called, is a controversial law and does not have unanimous support.3 However, to many, this landmark legislation is the first step towards the reformation of a critically flawed system.4