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Coretopic:Health Reform

For decades, U.S. legislators struggled with how to ensure all Americans had health insurance. Every other developed country – and many less developed – had some kind of universal or near-universal coverage. On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly shortened to Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare.”

Now with President Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans in the majority in both house of Congress, the fate of the health law is uncertain. The president and the congressional Republicans promised swift action to repeal the law. But it turns out that uprooting a law that has been on the books for seven years and is covering about 20 million Americans is harder than it looks. 

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New How I Did It

Ripple effects when a mill shuts down

Jenny Deam reports that, in a state that spurned Medicaid expansion, the recently unemployed fall through the cracks. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

ACA repeal and mental health care

Sarah Ferris outlines a number of ways that the ACA benefits people with mental health issues and how they could be affected. See it now »

New Key Concepts

Updated explanations

Given the fast-changing landscape of health reform, we've updated: Co-ops, bundled payments, Doughnut Hole and cost sharing subsidy (or reduction). See it now »

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