In 2010, however, President Barack Obama, having made health reform a principal objective of his presidency, was able to sign into law a comprehensive health-reform measure passed by both houses of Congress. While this law—officially called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or more formally the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act —was welcomed by some Americans, others remained vehemently opposed to it. In what seemed to be an attempt to trivialize the law, those who opposed it began to call it Obamacare, thereby implying that the president was personally responsible for any of its flaws. Those who oppose the law still use the term disparagingly. But President Obama has indicated that he is proud to have his name associated with what he regards as a vast improvement in public access to affordable healthcare, and the word Obamacare is increasingly used—by columnists and commentators, on the Internet, and in casual conversation—as a short, easy-to-remember name for the law. At this writing, implementation of Obamacare, the law, is too new for anyone to know how well it will fare. But Obamacare, the name, is likely to last for as long as the law remains a subject of public discourse.
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In contrast to Obamacare, a neo-WPA would have been a difficult target for the GOP.
On his watch, Obamacare became the law of the land, with government-driven health insurance a codified right.
Along with Obamacare, Medicaid has been expanded by design, and food stamps have grown to record levels.
When the former engaged in his drone filibuster, Cruz showed up in support; ditto for Paul when Cruz held an Obamacare filibuster.