The Affordable Care Act Turns Two (Infographic)


Written by Adam Peck

Two years ago yesterday, President Obama affixed his signature to the Affordable Care Act, the first major piece of federal healthcare legislation since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. The bill was the end result of months of careful negotiations in Congress and years of failed attempts by previous administrations to reform an increasingly expensive and outdated healthcare system.

Even before the ink dried, Republicans started calling for the law’s repeal and have so far voted at least 25 times to roll back or defund it. Should they succeed, millions of Americans would become uninsured, seniors would pay more for prescription drug coverage, and the insurance industry would once again be able to deny coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions and impose annual and lifetime limits on coverage.

While most of the law does not go into effect until 2014, take a look at some of the benefits Americans are already enjoying and what Republicans would take away:

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Patti T.
Patti T7 years ago

Can't send you any more stars Sue J. , so here they are in the hundreds b/c all your posts are just what needs to be said with intelligence & eloquence. Thank You!
Of course the repubs don't want President Obamas Health Care to go through, they'll lose all that money they enjoy from the large health insurance companies, or am I the only one who sees that?!

Carolyn Steven
Carolyn Steven7 years ago

After reading the facts about this, how can anyone be AGAINST it!? How!?

Juliet D.
judith sanders7 years ago

Here's a, easy to understand guide to the specifics of the AFHC:

Just click on the various categories (age, gender, race, income, rural, employer, employee, etc.) to see exactly how the law might affect you or members of your family. I'm guessing you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Diana E F.
Diana E F7 years ago

Sounds good. Keep going and defy the vultures.

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

Great comments today.
It is true that the health care can us e some tweaking....but it is way better then before there was a health care program.

Viir Exeter
Viir E7 years ago

Americans desperately need The Affordable Care Act, period. And if anyone doesn’t think so, they are grossly, willfully uninformed head-in-the-sand (Republican) idiots. Republicans excel at making these willfully uninformed head-in-the-sand idiots vote against their own self interests. I’m glad the Act has gone through, and it has already improved innumerable Americans’ lives, and will continue to do so, especially when it fully kicks in 2014. Thank you, President Obama, for this much needed, crucial life-saving Act.

Jennifer S.
Jennifer S7 years ago

According to recent polls, 53% of Americans favor repeal of the Affordable Care Act. But those who don't support it really aren't informed of what the Act has done. The article above outlines the benefits to date, and it is difficult to argue that these benefits haven't been helpful for many of the millions of Americans without adequate healthcare. I think that the reason for so many people favoring repeal is that they believe the rhetoric of the Republicans, who, by the way, have not offered a real plan of their own. The premise behind this law is that healthcare expenses are out of control, rising to 16% of GDP and projected to reach 19.7% by 2017. We simply cannot afford the healthcare we Americans demand, and some sort of control must be found. Otherwise, there is a real threat that our National Economy could face ruin. Almost 50% of all personal bankruptcies are because of healthcare costs-someone has had a serious illness, and they have to go into bankruptcy to resolve payment. Something must be done. And healthcare is a right for all Americans, not a privilege just for the rich. So, before anyone here supports overturning "Obamacare", does anybody have a better idea?

Inna Prodan
Inna P7 years ago

Yes, I agree that everyone deserves a right to good health care. But the system we have in this country is not health care, it's sick care. And all these "improvements" are just like putting band-aids on a system that's fundamentally flawed. First, they poison you with pesticides, then pump you full of drugs to mask the symptoms. The whole system needs to be revamped to focus on healthy foods and natural remedies that are being suppressed. It's totally disgusting.

Linda T.
Linda T7 years ago

We need universal health care. Health Care should be a right not an after thought of a civilized nation.

ANA MARIJA R7 years ago

Thanks for sharing.