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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 houses 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. 


New Key Concept

Short-term health insurance

These plans, a cheaper option for people who can’t afford ACA plans and want at least limited coverage, do not cover the essential benefits and can exclude pre-existing conditions. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Medicaid managed care

Understand how it works and where to get the information to do solid accountability reporting about it. See it now »

New How I Did It


Erin Mershon reported on a health plan that is exempt from the ACA, giving some hints of what the market might look like under Trump's executive order. See it now »

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