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Charlotte Talks Politics: Obamacare Anniversary Collides With COVID-19, Economic Downturn, Election

Pete Souza / The White House

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Affordable Care Act marked its 10th anniversary at a critical time for the country: a pandemic, a severe economic downturn and a presidential race in which health care is a cornerstone issue.

It was “a big deal,” to paraphrase then-Vice President and now presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden, when the health care law was signed on March 23, 2010.

Since then, there have been constant Republican attempts to repeal the law, both in Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court, where yet another challenge will be heard this fall.

The health care law faces another major test: its first recession. Millions of jobs have already been lost, cutting off workers from their employer-based health insurance.

What has the Affordable Care Act meant for the health care landscape? What does health care look like once the election and, fingers crossed, the pandemic are behind us?


Jonathan Oberlander, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, professor of health policy and management (@OberlanderUNC)

Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News, chief Washington correspondent (@jrovner)

A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.