The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare”, is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, it represents the most significant regulatory overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.
While originally conceived as a benefit to poor income households who could not ordinarily afford health care and related services, the Affordable Care Act has proven to be fairly inconsistent in overall rates, quality of health care, and dispersal of insurance.
We took our microphones outside to sit on the front steps over here in BlissVille to discuss the effects of Obamacare on our day-to-day lives. My family’s insurance was altered and then changed by my wife’s employer. Colin’s Medicare deduction on his check increased dramatically. Someone might say these are simply exceptions to the rule, but I can’t find anybody out there who will tell me their health coverage and quality of care improved as a result of Obamacare.