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Killing Obamacare

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    President Obama’s health-care reforms have cut the numbers of uninsured people in America, but the policy was a polarizing one, and a raft of problems associated with it means that health care will be a major challenge for the next president.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • The Affordable Care Act, which quickly became known as Obamacare, was passed in 2010 and came into full effect in 2014.
    • The act made private health insurance mandatory for all Americans, but extends government subsidies to those in lower income groups.
    • Although the number of uninsured has fallen sharply, coverage is limited for many, and premiums are rising fast – this year by an average of 25 percent across the country.
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Some like Obamacare, others don't. Source: AP Photo

President Barack Obama’s health-care reform will go down as one the biggest achievements of his eight-year tenure. But six years after it was adopted, it still remains one of the most contested.

Approved early in his term as president, Mr. Obama’s scheme made buying private health insurance mandatory for all Americans. It radically cut the numbers of uninsured adults to 11 percent this year, from close to 16 percent when it first came into effect at the start of 2014.

But there is another side. The Obamacare reforms, which also introduced online health insurance marketplaces, have proven to be complicated, patchy, and increasingly expensive.

Under a Donald Trump presidency, Obamacare would likely be abolished altogether.

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