What exactly is Obamacare and what did it change?

I saw this posted on Facebook this AM, and thought I’d share: (shout out to Ruth)

Here’s a VERY simple, straightforward, and thorough explanation of what “ObamaCare” REALLY means; what it has done so far, and what is yet to come; in chronological order, with links to the pertinent sections of the actual bill so you can check the accuracy of the statements for yourself instead of just expecting you to blindly believe whatever the author feels like saying.

It was referring to the post below: (follow link)


CaspianX2 comments on ELI5: What exactly is Obamacare and what did it change?: “Okay, explained like you’re a five year-old (well, okay, maybe a bit older), without too much oversimplification, and (hopefully) without sounding too biased:

What people call ‘Obamacare’ is actually the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. However, people were calling it ‘Obamacare’ before everyone even hammered out what it would be. It’s a term mostly used by people who don’t like the PPACA, and it’s become popularized in part because PPACA is a really long and awkward name, even when you turn it into an acronym like that.

Anyway, the PPACA made a bunch of new rules regarding health care, with the purpose of making health care more affordable for everyone. Opponents of the PPACA, on the other hand, feel that the rules it makes take away too many freedoms and force people (both individuals and businesses) to do things they shouldn’t have to.

So what does it do? Well, here is everything, in the order of when it goes into effect (because some of it happens later than other parts of it):

(Note: Page numbers listed in citations are the page numbers within the actual document, not the page numbers of the PDF file)”


If you are interested in the Affordable Care Act it’s worth a look. I for one found it informative, especially for someone like me who is uninformed and is still trying to formulate my own opinion of this new mandate.


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