Has Obamacare changed health care for the better

Obama, Trump and Clinton - between regression and progress

During his tenure, Barack Obama achieved what dozens of his predecessors failed to do. On March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act came into effect. With Obamacare, an estimated 32 out of 47 million US citizens who previously had no protection were enrolled in health insurance. Corporations were no longer allowed to exclude Americans because of previous illnesses or high medical costs - a common practice in the past. According to polls, 59 percent of the American population opposed Obama's reforms. Legal maneuvers by his political opponents failed on June 28, 2012 when the Supreme Court found essentially no violations of the constitution. Even so, the Republicans did not surrender.

“Obamacare”: top or flop?

In the current election campaign, their top candidate Donald Trump is calling for all reforms to be reversed. "Obamacare has increased the economic insecurity of every single person who lives in this country," complains the Republican. He complains about quality deficiencies in the supply, excessive prices, but also the preference given to large insurance groups. Instead, Trump relies on a "free market plan" with stronger self-regulation through free competition. So far, insurance has been limited to individual states. Trump wants to lift this restriction. But he does not name details - typically Trump. In contrast to the applicants from his party who have since left the company, he does not want to redefine Medicare and Medicaid.

Hillary Clinton approaches the subject all the more cautiously. Bernie Sanders, her former rival from the Democratic camp, overran her with far more radical proposals. He wanted to enforce "a right for every man, for every woman and every child" to health insurance. Clinton replied that this was at the expense of the middle class. Sanders lost the race, but announced that he had convinced his competitor on several points. This includes easier access to “Obamacare” and Medicare, but also funds for public health centers.