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Full Name: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
Nicknames: Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance Reform, Healthcare Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is a United States federal statute enacted by the 111th United States Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.

Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 amendment, it represents the U.S. healthcare system's most significant regulatory overhaul and expansion of coverage since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

—Wikipedia. En Memoria. 12/15: Texan judge unanimously finds Affordable Healthcare Act "unconstitutional" Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PDF) PPACA: A Brief Overview of the Law, Implementation, and Legal Challenges. Healthcare Reform News Updates. Below is a summary of recent events to help you stay current on healthcare reform news all in one place.

Healthcare Reform News Updates

To make your voice heard on these issues, visit, a non-partisan movement that lets you share your opinion on healthcare legislation with friends, family, and even Washington D.C.! Healthcare Reform News Update for March 26, 2019 Department of Justice Agrees With Ruling to Nullify ACA In a two-sentence legal filing to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. The agency says it agrees with U.S. Prior to this position, the Trump administration showed support for some ACA provisions, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions and Medicaid expansion. Shortly after O’Connor’s ruling, a coalition of Democratic attorneys general appealed it. The DOJ must file a full brief within 30 days. CMS: State ACA Enrollment Rises, Federal Enrollment Dips Slightly In 2019, 11.4 million Americans enrolled in ACA plans.

Healthcare Reform News Update for March 25, 2019. Palin falsely claims Obama runs ‘death panel' ... 8/7/09. Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, urged her supporters to oppose Democratic plans for health care reform on her Facebook page.

Palin falsely claims Obama runs ‘death panel' ... 8/7/09

"As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no! " wrote Palin in a note posted Aug. 7, 2009. She said that the Democrats plan to reduce health care costs by simply refusing to pay for care. "And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. We agree with Palin that such a system would be evil. We have read all 1,000-plus pages of the Democratic bill and examined versions in various committees. Here We Go Again, With the Death Panels ..... 4/19/11.

Republicans, meanwhile, have attacked the idea almost from the get-go, saying it would become an instrument of government-imposed rationing.

Here We Go Again, With the Death Panels ..... 4/19/11

It’s the IPAB that some conservative critics have likened to “death panels,” on the unfounded theory that it would cut off access to valuable, life-saving treatments. The House Republican budget calls explicitly for repealing the IPAB, even though it keeps other Medicare reforms within the Affordable Care Act. But now some Democrats are joining the calls for repeal, as Jennifer Haberkorn first reported in Politico last week and as Robert Pear notes today in the New York Times. The IPAB was never particularly popular with more liberal House Democrats, who didn’t want to cede power over Medicare to another authority. But, at least for the moment, opposition is coming from a different part of the caucus.

Seniors Beware. Long before the passage of the health care reform legislation commonly known as “Obamacare,” and continuing long afterwards, rumors have circulated claiming that the legislation mandates the creation of ethics panels (or “death panels”) which will determine who is deemed worthy of medical treatment, or that patients over a given age simply be denied essential medical treatment as a matter of course.

Seniors Beware

The item reproduced above is another false rumor of that ilk, one which claims (citing a doctor at the Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee as a source) that as of sometime in 2013, patients over the age of 75 will no longer be given major medical procedures “unless approved by locally administered Ethics Panels.” According to a representative for Johnson City Medical Center (Ed Herbert, Vice President, Mountain State Health Alliance Communications and Marketing), the substance of the message is untrue, and the related conversation did not take place as stated: Dr. Poll: 4 in 10 believe in Obama healthcare law ‘death panels’ ... 9/26/12. New death panel insanity explodes .... 8/13/13. Ever since 2009, political junkies have turned their attentions outside the Beltway each August, watching to see whether conservative voters would return to the outrageous town hall antics that made the Tea Party famous four years ago.

New death panel insanity explodes .... 8/13/13

But each year it's become harder and harder to say that the crowds are as large or rowdy as they were back then, or that a counter-movement must be right around the corner. Part of it is just that elected officials got wise and stopped doing regular, publicized town halls. But mainly it's just that a series of developments -- the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the GOP takeover of the House, the Supreme Court decision to uphold the healthcare law, President Obama's reelection -- have each sucked some of the ants out of Tea Partyer pantaloons. On its surface, this August is no exception. At least, so far. Rep. Cruz says Obama just granted Congress an exception to Obamacare 8/14/13. Sen.

Cruz says Obama just granted Congress an exception to Obamacare 8/14/13

Ted Cruz wants Congress to refuse to fund Obamacare. The law’s such a mess, says the Texas Republican, that the president let lawmakers themselves off the hook. "Look, the wheels are coming off this," he told the audience at the conservative Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 2013. Congress Exempt from Health Bill? The Latest Lie about ACA That Won't Die ... 8/13/13. Grassley had other ideas.

The Latest Lie about ACA That Won't Die ... 8/13/13

Obamacare is creating new insurance marketplaces, one for each state, where people can choose their own insurance. The marketplaces are only for people who don’t have access to an employer policy. But Grassley suggested an exception. He introduced an amendment that would force members of Congress, and their advisers, to give up federal employee coverage and buy through the new exchanges instead. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The ACA's major provisions came into force in 2014.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

By 2016, the uninsured share of the population had roughly halved, with estimates ranging from 20 to 24 million additional people covered during 2016.[5][6] The increased coverage was due, roughly equally, to an expansion of Medicaid eligibility and to major changes to individual insurance markets. Both involved new spending, funded through a combination of new taxes and cuts to Medicare provider rates and Medicare Advantage. Poll: Four in 10 think illegals are covered by Obama healthcare law. Chain e-mail claims health care bills in Congress would provide free health care to illegal immigrants. It's hard to say when a chain e-mail has reached critical mass.

Chain e-mail claims health care bills in Congress would provide free health care to illegal immigrants

Although we'd seen one from former attorney Michael Connelly floating around for months, we never weighed in on it. The chief claim in the e-mail is that the Democrats' health care plan is unconstitutional, which is a matter of opinion, not fact. Also, we'd dealt with many of the other issues raised in the e-mail. And it's an e-mail that was penned in August. The thing is, we are still getting lots of readers sending it to us, asking us to fact-check it. We've decided that critical mass has been reached. And so we're revisiting several claims in the e-mail. The Budget & Economic Outlook: 2017 to 2027 ... 1/24/17 (CBO)

Number of Issuers Participating in the Individual Health Insurance Marketplaces. Paul Ryan instructive PowerPoint. The Once & Future Obamacare Death Spiral ... 1/18/17 (Bloomburg) Is Obamacare in the infamous “death spiral”?

The Once & Future Obamacare Death Spiral ... 1/18/17 (Bloomburg)

Paul Ryan says it is. The Obama administration, on the other hand, is touting its splendid enrollment growth numbers, a case summed up by Danny Vinik at Politico: Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services released its first full enrollment report for 2017. As of December 24, about 11.5 million individuals had signed up for an ACA plan either on the Obamacare exchange or on the 11 state exchanges, a slight increase over the same period last year.

“If enrollment isn’t declining, then by definition the market can’t be spiraling out of control,” said Larry Levitt, a health care expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Obamacare & Labor Supply ... 6/20/15. Poll: Most oppose blocking Obama health care law ...6/2/12. By David Jackson, USA TODAY Updated 2012-07-02 2:40 PM President Obama during a health care event in 2009 A new poll shows that most Americans -- 56% -- want to see critics of President Obama's health care law drop efforts to block it and move on to other national issues. Poll: Voters No Longer Want To Repeal ACA ... 12/1/14. A Rasmussen poll shows that, for the first time, voters want to fix, but not repeal, Obamacare. While 30% of likely voters still think Congress should repeal it entirely and start over again, 52% prefer instead that Congress go through the law piece by piece and improve it.

ACA, Public Opinion & Conservative Self-Delusion ... 6/13/13. One of the more important conservative beliefs about Obamacare, running right alongside the certainty that the law is a disaster that will fail in every respect, is the belief that Americans share their antipathy to the law. It certainly is true that the Affordable Care Act has a bad reputation, and the latest poll showing that support for Obamacare has dipped prompted the same wave of conservative gloating that results from every such poll. But looking even an inch beneath the surface reveals a public more frustrated and confused by Obamacare than opposed. Its specific elements poll well, though they’re the least known elements. Four out of ten Americans don’t realize the law hasn’t been struck down. A new poll out shows that the public, by a ten-point margin, trusts Democrats over Republicans on health-care issues.

ACA More Popular Than Ever, Now That It May Be Repealed ... 2/1/17. But since Donald J. Trump, who promised to repeal the law, was elected president, that long-held pattern has begun to shift. In a variety of recent polls, with questions asked in different ways, more Americans are now saying they favor Obamacare than oppose it. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has been tracking views of the health law since 2009. After 2016 Election, Public Remains Sharply Divided on Future of the ACA ...12/1/16. Among Those Who Favor Repeal, Arguments About Loss of Coverage for Those with Pre-Existing Conditions Can Sway Some Opinions Many Obamacare Provisions Remain Broadly Popular Across Party Lines, But Not its Mandate The first Kaiser Health Tracking Poll since the 2016 election finds that Americans are largely divided on the future of the Affordable Care Act even though many of the law’s major provisions remain quite popular across party lines.

Gallup: ACA has majority support for first time ... 4/4/17. 1/8/16: Obama vetoes bill to repeal health law &end planned parenthood funding. 6/19/15: Budgetary & Economic Effects of Repealing the ACA (CBO) 6/28/12: Top court upholds healthcare law in Obama triumph. Efforts to Repeal National Health Care Legislation (ACA) 11/29/18: Trump's new guidelines undermine rules of the ACA. 8/29/18: GOP eyes another shot at ACA repeal after McCain’s death. 7/20/17: Trump administration ends Affordable Care Act assistance contracts in 18 cities.

CHICAGO — President Donald Trump’s administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage. Community groups say the move, announced to them by contractors last week, will make it even more difficult to enroll the uninsured and help people already covered re-enroll or shop for a new policy. That’s already a concern because of consumer confusion stemming from the political wrangling in Washington and a shorter enrollment period. People will have 45 days to shop for 2018 coverage, starting Nov. 1 and ending Dec. 15. T. Price letter to US Govs signals WH considering precedent-setting Medicaid waiver proposals that make it harder for beneficiaries to get affordable care ... 3/14/17. 2/15/17: Trump Administration’s New Health Rule Would Reduce Tax Credits, Raise Costs, For Millions of Moderate-Income Families.

2/14/17: Quiet IRS change could undermine Obamacare, supporters say. 1/26/17: Days Before Deadline, Trump Team Cancels Ads for ACA. 1/20/17: Trump issues executive order to start rolling back ACA. 1/20/17: Sabotage Watch: Tracking Efforts to Undermine the ACA. The Demise of the GOP Health Plan – Why It Happened & Where Do We Go from Here. Why the GoP 's so hell-bent on passing an unpopular health care bill ... 5/4/17.

Congressional Republicans and President Trump seem hell-bent on pushing through a bill to replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. To Help Stabilize the Individual Health Insurance Market, Take ACA Repeal Off the Table. 10/16: Next Obamacare open enrollment: Stability mixed with trepidation. 7/19/18: House Dems want answers on cuts to ObamaCare outreach. GOP’s midterm peril: What if they win on killing Obamacare? 8/17/18. MISHAWAKA, Ind. — Republican candidates are trying to have it both ways on Obamacare. On one hand, Republicans are still campaigning against the law, arguing a strong election result will allow them one more shot at repealing the Affordable Care Act with GOP majorities in both chambers.

And many high-profile Senate GOP candidates support a lawsuit that would scuttle Obamacare if successful in the nation’s courts, a case that will be heard by a federal judge in September. Story Continued Below Yet at the same time, Republicans are still touting the law’s most popular provisions, arguing that after it is struck down, they will be able to preserve protections for pre-existing conditions by passing a new bill. The health care repeal effort is dead 11/14/18. On bus tour, Obama embraces "'Obamacare,' says 'I do care' Updated: 3:28 p.m. ET In the first stop on President Obama's week-long midwestern bus tour, the president appeared to attempt to take ownership of the term "Obamacare" - a phrase Republicans have been lobbing at him as a pejorative since the 2008 passage of his controversial health care bill - telling audience members, "I have no problem with people saying Obama cares.

" Tea Party gathers @Capitol to protest healthcare reform. Single-payer health care better than ObamaCare. Long Time Coming: Why Health Reform Finally Passed. The Affordable Care Act at 5 Years ... 6/18/15. ACA Not Causing Employers To Drop Health Benefits. Employers are concerned about increased health benefit costs arising from President Barack Obama's health care reform law but almost none intends to drop coverage for full-time workers next year, according to survey results released Thursday. Personal Experience & Public Opinion: Theory and Test of Conditional Policy Feedback.

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