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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) holds the promise of moving the US into the company of nations that elect to treat health care as a social obligation rather than a market good. Despite the political maelstrom that began during its development and has raged unabated throughout its implementation process, it has survived. Now, however, the ACA faces perhaps its toughest challenge: actually gaining liftoff. This lecture will explore the course of the Act and the array of system-based, practical, market, policy, political, and social challenges that lie ahead as the process of implementation moves toward January 1, 2014.