For decades, Democrats have fought to make affordable health care available for all Americans. When President Obama took office, skyrocketing health care costs were crippling small business, bankrupting working families, and making health care inaccessible for millions of Americans.
On March 23, Democrats enacted the Affordable Care Act in order to reduce health care costs, expand access to care, and hold insurance companies accountable. Although it will take time to fully implement, many reforms have already begun to go into effect. Many of the worst insurance industry practices have been ended, and families and businesses are beginning to see benefits.
Across the country, people are beginning to see progress on health care. Here are the numbers behind that progress.
The Challenges we inherited
During the Bush administration, America's economy suffered while middle-class families and small businesses
in the USA found it harder and harder to make ends meet, and health care costs spiraled out of control: