The Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare—is one of the most controversial and politicized topics in the United States today. This timely book examines prominent claims about the legislation’s drafting, debate, passage, and implementation, and discerns what is true and false about the law. Each of the text’s eight chapters delves into the common beliefs, misinterpretations, and myths surrounding the act, tracing the history of the assertion and supporting or challenging its veracity through nonpartisan research and analyses.
Chapters begin with an objective look at the claim’s origins—with a brief focus on the person or group that conceived it and why—then set about clarifying or debunking it using evidence from research studies and reports from authoritative sources. Entries feature primary documents, a further reading section, and tables and graphs. Topics include the impact on health care costs for families, states, and the federal government; the effect of the Affordable Care Act on employer-sponsored insurance; and the role of health status on coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
- Uses nonpartisan sources of information that include studies and reports to assess the claims, beliefs, and assumptions about Obamacare
- Draws from credible research sources—such as the Center for Disease Control and the Government Accounting Office—to question or uphold beliefs
- Provides an evidence-based examination of dozens of the most prominent claims about the Affordable Care Act