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Affordable Care Act 1 The Affordable Care Act … Leading America to Socialism? Christina Persaud The new health care bill, called the “Affordable Care Act,” signed into law recently by President Obama, has led to a renewed debate as to whether the United States is gradually heading towards socialism. Some contend that it will lead to socialized medicine while others disagree. This paper reviews the new law and its provisions. It examines the argument for and against the new law and takes a comparative approach (the new health care provisions in the U.S. and socialized medicine in Canada), to ascertain whether we are heading towards socialized medicine here in this country. What is socialism? The definition of socialism according to the Webster’s Dictionary is: “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.” This definition is accurate in that the government will have...