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The U.S. healthcare system has undergone dramatic changes in the past year, which will have a profound impact on American society. While the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010" seeks to ensure healthcare coverage for the vast majority of Americans, controversies relating to scope of coverage, cost and course of treatment chosen, quality of care rendered, healthcare staff demeanor, and bioethical dilemmas are bound to persist. Indeed, in all likelihood, these controversies will even expand with the growth in the number of healthcare recipients under the federal scheme. Moreover, the changes introduced through the U.S. healthcare reform act are far from stable, as attempts to repeal the reforms have been launched. As we can see, the healthcare arena is a volatile setting, fraught with conflict and subject to strong ideological divides.

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