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Topics in Public Policy: Affordable Care Act

With recent discussions of repealing and replacing "Obamacare," have you wondered what the Affordable Care Act actually entails? Today we'll cover some resources on this piece of legislation and how to research different discussions regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (shortened to just the "Affordable Care Act" and nicknamed "Obamacare") was enacted by the 111th United States Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The main goal of the law was to provide "Quality, affordable health care for all Americans." The law has received opposition from both sides of the aisle, though the law was upheld by the Supreme Court in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. Talk of repeal is ongoing with President Trump's comments of a two part process of "repeal and replace."

Research Assistance

You can find a plethora of congressional hearing Gov't Docs in Minerva under the subject keywords "United States. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." Opposing Viewpoints in Action has some helpful entries under "Affordable Care Act" as well as "Health Care Legislation," while LexisNexis has some law review articles if you search "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."

Databases and Helpful Links

Books and eBooks Available at the University Libraries

  • Barr, D.A. (2016). Introduction to U.S. health policy: The organization, financing, delivery of health care in America. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.
    Dewey Library / RA393 .B335 2016
  • Beland, D., Rosso, P., & Waddan, A. (2016). Obamacare wars: Federalism, state politics, and the Affordable Care Act. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.
    Dewey Library / RA395.D44 B45 2016
  • Blackman, J. (2016). Unraveled: Obamacare, religious liberty, and executive power. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
    University Library / KF3605.A328201 A2 2016
  • Rawal, P.H. (2016). The Affordable Care Act: Examining the facts. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
    Online / RA395.A3 R339 2016

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! Contact Cathy Dwyer, Subject Librarian for Public Policy, at (518) 442-3699 or - or drop by during Cathy's office hours, held weekly on Mondays from 4-7pm.

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