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The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, was enacted in 2010 to ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health insurance. The law did away with discriminatory insurance premiums due to gender and pre-existing conditions, as well as encouraging technological investments to improve health care and lower costs.

Despite facing politically motivated opposition, the Affordable Care Act currently has high approval ratings, and affords over 20 million Americans access to health care coverage.

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Medicare

Passed in 1966, Medicare is a single-payer national insurance program designed to ensure that seniors and those with qualifying disabilities are not excluded from access to quality, affordable health care. Prior to the passage of Medicare, seniors were charged up to 3 times as much for health insurance as younger Americans, leaving many unable to afford necessary treatment.

Today, around 55 million Americans rely on Medicare each year.

Our nation has made a promise, a solemn promise, to America’s seniors. We have pledged to help our citizens find affordable medical care in the later years of life.

– President George W. Bush

I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the care and dignity they have earned.
– President Barack Obama

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