Progressive federalism and the contested implementation of obama’s health reform

Larry Jacobs, Theda Skocpol

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At a celebratory ceremony held in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010-potentially a landmark in U.S. social provision comparable to the Social Security Act, Civil Rights Act, and enactment of Medicare and Medicaid.1 “Potentially a landmark” was, however, the right way to think of the reform when first signed into law. This comprehensive measure promised to regulate private health insurance and extend affordable coverage to more than 30 million Americans, mostly people with low or lower-middle incomes. But these reforms would not be fully implemented until 2014-2019, and the law had to run perilous legal and partisan gauntlets first. The presidential signing ceremony came at the end of fifteen contentious months of partisan and interest group maneuvering in Congress, and launched the fledgling law into new rounds of legal challenges, plus efforts by conservative Republicans to win sufficient leverage in the November 2012 elections to repeal or eviscerate health reform before its major provisions went into full effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Politics of Major Policy Reform in Postwar America
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781139542432
ISBN (Print)9781107034983
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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