The Affordable Care Act stands as President Obama’s most sweeping, and most polarizing, legislative accomplishment. The 2010 law expanded health insurance to millions of Americans by reforming how coverage works in the United States. It has also been the subject of fierce political debate, with Republicans remaining steadfast in their opposition to the law. Obamacare has survived multiple Supreme Court challenges, as well as Congress’ 2017 effort to repeal the law under President Trump.
Obamacare does more than expand health insurance coverage, too. The law touches nearly every American industry, from hospitals and doctors to restaurants and even ice cream parlors (which, because of Obamacare, are required to post calorie listings on their menus).