The Legacy Of The American Health Care System

1785 WordsMar 11, 20168 Pages
Barrack Hussein Obama was elected President of the United States on November 4, 2008 and was sworn in the Presidency on January 20, 2009. During his campaign leading up to the election, Obama promised to bring affordable healthcare to all Americans. Obama was widely known as “stating that the cost of health care was a "threat to our economy" and that health care should be a right for every American" (ProCon.org, 2011). While his quotes resonate with many Americans, there are also Americans who do not agree with socialized medicine or sometimes known as “Obamacare”. Keep in mind that just because Obama is a democrat and has the backing of the majority of democrats and the majority of republicans disagree with socialized medicine there is much more history than that. The history of Obamacare is a lengthy one. As previously mentioned Obama pledged to overall the American health care system when he was campaigning for the presidency during 2008. He made good on that promise once elected and signed Obamacare care into office. It is important to note that the official name for Obamacare is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or Affordable Care Act (ACA). Obama signed the PPACA into law on March 23, 2010. Before that though, the health care system has been a topic of debate for many years. Prior to the PPACA being signed into law the previous major advancement in the health care system was the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. With the
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