"There are two Affordable Care Acts. There's the legislation passed by Congress in 2009, and then there's the mythical Affordable Care Act – the perfidious 'government takeover' decried and demagogued by so many conservatives (and quite a few liberals). The former is quite popular, the latter gets decidedly mixed reviews."
Medicaid: A Primer
"The Affordable Care Act establishes a national framework for near-universal health coverage. Under the law, beginning in 2014, a new individual mandate will require most individuals to obtain coverage. At the same time, access to affordable health coverage will be improved through a significant expansion of the Medicaid program, the creation of new health insurance exchanges, and reforms of the private health insurance market. The major expansion of Medicaid and health reform’s reliance on the program as the foundation for coverage of low-income people give Medicaid both a much larger and a distinctively national coverage role going forward." This paper describes the inner workings of Medicaid in the past and its new future under Obamacare.
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