A Final Battle Over Obamacare?
Last week, Republicans in Congress began deliberations on repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. President Obama’s health care reform bill, which was signed into law in 2010, has provided health insurance to 20 million previously uninsured Americans, including people who had once been excluded because of pre-existing conditions; it has also allowed young people to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they’re 26. But Republicans have opposed Obamacare. They see it as an unnecessary expansion of government and argue it has made health care more expensive. They’ve promised to repeal it as soon as possible, and now that the party controls both houses of Congress and Republican Donald Trump will soon occupy the White House, the health care law’s future is in question. Democrats agree that Obamacare could use some improvement, but they say replacing it will be difficult.
- Who are the characters depicted in the cartoon? How do you know?
- Why is the tower they’re standing on falling apart? What’s ironic about the man’s statement?
- What point do you think the cartoonist is trying to make?
- Do you agree with Republicans’ criticisms of Obamacare? Why or why not?
- Why do you think President Obama wants to preserve the Affordable Care Act? Do you think his legacy will be damaged if the law is repealed? Explain.