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President Obama Remarks on the Affordable Care Act: October 21, 2013

President Obama Remarks on the Affordable Care Act: October 21, 2013

President Obama remarks on the Affordable Care Act: October 21, 2013

The long-anticipated start of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate, under which all Americans were required to purchase some form of health insurance, came on October 1, 2013, after Democrats thwarted Republican efforts to delay the mandate's implementation. The federal health exchange through which Americans could purchase health coverage opened to much fanfare, but it was instantly criticized because of the system's inability to handle the volume of users. States that opened their own exchanges had a bit more success, with Kentucky as the leading example of how to enroll its uninsured in cost-effective health plans.

The Affordable Care Act

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