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Racial Resentment and Healthcare Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the healthcare reform law passed by Congress in the spring of 2010, includes a number of health-related provisions which are to take effect over the four years after the law was passed. The health-related provisions of PPACA include requirements that insurers offer the same premium to all applicants of the same age, sex, and geographical location, regardless of any pre-existing conditions; expanding Medicaid access to individuals and families with incomes up to 133% of the poverty level; and offering a marketplace where individuals and small businesses can compare policies and premiums and buy insurance, with a government subsidy if eligible. Each of these provisions was vigorously debated both in Congress and by the public, and President Obama was forced to make a number of changes to his original proposal before getting this bill passed.

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