12 July 2013
President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act (colloquially "Obamacare"). Oprah has yet to gift her audience a generous insurance policy.
Obamacare gives seniors a 50% discount on brand name prescription drugs and 14% off generic brands, saving $1.5 billion in prescription drugs for those enrolled in Medicare Part D through 2011.
The Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), despite 26 states suing because the individual mandate was arguably "unconstitutional".
GOP-led House of Representatives votes for the 33rd time to repeal Obamacare. Public opinion of the law is split 47-47.
In the Denver presidential debate, President Obama calls out the hypocrisy of Obamacare opponent Mitt Romney, who helped form a universal healthcare plan similar to the Affordable Care Act dubbed "Romneycare" in Massachusetts as governor in 2006 but denounced Obamacare in his presidential run.
In its first year, Obamacare's 80/20 rule, where insurance companies must spend at least 80 cents of every dollar on healthcare and not advertisements or executive salaries, saves Americans $1.5 billion (more than twice the worldwide gross of 2012's The Amazing-Spider-Man film).
House Republicans attempt to repeal Obamacare for the 37th time, costing taxpayers an estimated $50 million.
The Supreme Court rules DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) is unconstitutional: Gay marriage in California resumes, granting same-sex marriages equal protection under federal tax laws and Obamacare.
Health insurance marketplaces open across the country, offering low to middle income individuals and families subsidies to help pay for plans. Read more about Covered California (the state's marketplace).
All Americans will have guaranteed issue, meaning insurance companies must cover them no matter what preexisting conditions.
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