Today, March 23, 2020, marks the ten-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) being signed into law. Despite multiple judicial challenges, congressional action to halt key provisions, and unsuccessful attempts to repeal and replace the law, the ACA remains largely intact, and public opinion has shifted in recent years. Today, 55% of all Americans view the law favorably, compared with just 33% in 2013, although sentiments on the law remain split across political party affiliations.1
Even in the midst of a global pandemic and a time of uncertainty for the U.S. healthcare system, it is important to look back at how the law has impacted the U.S. healthcare system over the past decade—increasing access, improving quality and slowing the growth of healthcare spending. The ACA’s coverage expansion resulted in millions more Americans having coverage than in 2010, but recent events are a reminder that more work is needed to continue to expand access to comprehensive healthcare coverage.
The ACA had several essential goals:
To mark the 10th anniversary of the passage of the ACA, Manatt Health has created an infographic highlighting its impact on the U.S. healthcare industry. Click here to view the infographic.
1 Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Tracking Poll: The Public’s Views on the ACA