Everything you need to know about Obamacare

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EDITED BY Sarah Kliff

2015-06-25 11:24:00 -0400

  1. What is Obamacare?
  2. What does Obamacare do?
  3. Who gets health insurance through Obamacare?
  4. What is a health insurance marketplace?
  5. What is the individual mandate?
  6. What's an individual man date?
  7. Can I buy Obamacare right now?
  8. What happens to pre-existing conditions under Obamacare?
  9. What medical services does Obamacare cover?
  10. What is a health insurance subsidy?
  11. Is Obamacare available in all states?
  12. Will Obamacare cover all of the uninsured?
  13. What is the conservative case against Obamacare?
  14. How much does Obamacare cost the government?
  15. Is Obamacare popular?
  16. Will Obamacare get repealed?
  17. What is the IPAB?
  18. Does Obamacare change the care hospitals and doctors provide?
  19. Has Obamacare caused overcrowding in hospitals and doctors' offices?
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    What is Obamacare?

    Obamacare is what we’ve apparently decided to call the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a set of health insurance and industry reforms passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in March 2010.

    Obamacare has significantly increased the number of people with health insurance coverage. It did that by overhauling the individual insurance market — where people buy their own policies — and expanding  Medicaid, a public program that covers low-income Americans.

    But Obamacare does more than expand health insurance coverage. 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). Obamacare includes lots of policies that change the way doctors get paid, with the aim of slowing the ever-growing cost of health care.

    Since the day it passed, Obamacare has been controversial and divisive. There have been more than 50 votes in the House of Representatives to repeal it and multiple Supreme Court cases to overturn or curtail it. After all that Obamacare is still standing.

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    What does Obamacare do?

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    Who gets health insurance through Obamacare?

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    What is a health insurance marketplace?

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    What is the individual mandate?

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    What's an individual man date?

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    Can I buy Obamacare right now?

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    What happens to pre-existing conditions under Obamacare?

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    What medical services does Obamacare cover?

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    What is a health insurance subsidy?

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    Is Obamacare available in all states?

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    Will Obamacare cover all of the uninsured?

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    What is the conservative case against Obamacare?

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    How much does Obamacare cost the government?

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    Is Obamacare popular?

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    Will Obamacare get repealed?

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    What is the IPAB?

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    Does Obamacare change the care hospitals and doctors provide?

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    Has Obamacare caused overcrowding in hospitals and doctors' offices?