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Obamacare sign-ups on the rise, largest enrollments in red states

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In 2010, the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, became law after being passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. Initially a source of intense controversy, the legislation has endured political battles, including multiple attempts by Republicans, during the Trump administration, to repeal it. Now, 14 years into its existence, the Affordable Care Act’s increasing popularity is reshaping the political landscape, according to Daniel Skinner, a Professor of Health Policy at Ohio University.

Skinner notes that the ACA, which witnessed 21.3 million Americans signing up in the past year, is gaining notable traction, especially in traditionally red-leaning states like Ohio. Data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reveals a substantial 62.2% year-over-year increase in sign-ups in Ohio.

“People’s desire for affordable healthcare is driving this surge in popularity, altering the political dynamics surrounding the Affordable Care Act,” says Skinner. The professor highlights the correlation between the ACA’s popularity and the pressing need for accessible healthcare, particularly evident in the enrollment spike from millions who recently lost their Medicaid coverage.

“The Affordable Care Act serves as a crucial policy tool, especially in times like the pandemic when increased enrollment became a necessity for those facing hardships,” explains Skinner. The unwinding of Medicaid, coupled with the Affordable Care Act’s responsiveness, underscores its role in meeting the healthcare needs of the population.

Looking ahead, Skinner emphasizes that the significance of 21 million Americans benefitting from the ACA cannot be understated, especially as the political landscape remains contentious. Former President Trump’s renewed promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act adds an element of uncertainty to the future trajectory of healthcare policy, promising to be a focal point in the upcoming political year.

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