In 2008, Congressional leaders, and President Obama began a roughly two year process of developing legislation to fundamentally reform health care systems in the United States.
Many legislative proposals were considered by the relevant committees in Congress, including a plan submitted by President Obama that became the final piece of legislation.
Learn more about AAHIVM’s Advocacy Efforts during that process: Our Advocacy Efforts
The final health reform bill – The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010– was signed into law on March 23, 2010.
In the years since the law’s passage, Republicans in Congress made many attempts at overturning the law. The House of Representatives took over 60 different votes to repeal or alter the law. In 2015, Republicans passed a budget reconciliation bill containing a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. President Obama vetoed the bill in January of 2016.
In 2017 Republicans gained control of the White House, the House and Senate, with promises to repeal and replace the healthcare law. It remains to be seen what this effort will entail.