The bill summaries below are starting places, but they do not contain the complete legislative history of the law.
The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President on March 23, 2010. On June 28, 2012, the
Supreme Court rendered a final decision to uphold the health care law.
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What is the Affordable Healthcare Act?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or commonly referred to as Obamacare was passed in March 2010, with the goal of increasing healthcare coverage to more Americans. Read the full text of the law.
When can I apply?
The Open Enrollment period for 2016 runs from November 15, 2015 through January 31, 2016.
Who can apply?
What do I need to apply?
Where can I go if I have more questions?
For more information, call 1-800-318-2596 or visit www.healthcare.gov.
Reinventing American Health Care by Ezekiel Emanuel
Health care is the largest employer in America, one of the largest perceived drains on the budget of the Federal government. Yet the system is widely misunderstood, and is a confusing maze to most of us who feel crushed by its complexities quite as much as we feel served by its doctors and nurses. Reinventing American Health Care explains why the American health care system is the way it is, and the five problems that confront any attempt at reform. Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Truman, Kennedy and Nixon all came to power promising universal coverage, and all failed. Emanuel explains how this happened by way of showing how extraordinary the passage of the Affordable Care Act was: it completely bucked the trend, in the face of some very tough political circumstances. With his unique insider's view, Emanuel explains why the Affordable Care Act took the shape it did, and in particular examines the political role of the American Medical Association. He then projects how the ACA will affect health care.
Thank you to the librarians at Atlantic City Free Public Library for allowing us to use their guide on the Affordable Care Act.