Obamacare : The Great Debate

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Obamacare: The Great Debate The Obama Presidency is known for many things: two wars, economy crashes, government shutdowns and, yes, the infamous Obamacare. Throughout the last six years, President Obama’s agenda was set towards passing a major healthcare reform bill: The Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare. Passed on March 23, 2010 under considerable opposition, ACA is widely considered to be the landmark achievement of Obama’s presidency, and his hopeful legacy for historians long afterward. The law has since survived multiple challenges regarding its legality, but its impact on the intended (original) goal of reducing medical costs is still unclear. Affordable healthcare for all US citizens remains at the forefront of many American minds, although many are still confused as to what Obamacare actually is and how it will affect them in the years ahead. Obamacare was meant to reform the healthcare system by regulating insurance companies to protect patients from boundless policy cost increases. The goal was to expand Medicaid (poor) to include people who may struggle to pay or simply cannot afford healthcare. Obamacare is a vast law with a scope that covers many aspects of the healthcare system, including coverage changes, tax increases, mandates for patients/providers/insurance companies, state-managed online exchanges that allow people to register for medical insurance, and distribution of federal subsidies to both

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