Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

In 2010, Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ACA), a complex statute of more than nine hundred pages that fulfilled his goal of extending health-insurance coverage to virtually all Americans-an objective that previous U.S. presidents had sought and failed to achieve for a century. 2 This legislation was hotly contested in the Congress, passing with the support of very few Republicans in the Senate and none in the House.

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