The Affordable Care Act, known colloquially as Obamacare, is a health reform law that was passed in the United States in 2010. It comprises two pieces of legislation, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care Education and Reconciliation Act of 2010. The purpose of the Affordable Care Act is to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable, minimum essential health coverage. The law accomplishes this by mandating shared responsibility for health care coverage and costs, creating universal standards for many health services, and providing resources to improve the quality of health care services and the health care workforce. The law has been challenged in court multiple times and was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 and 2015. ...

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