Excerpt By: WRAL. Written By: Renee Chou.
Just about everyone in America has been touched by the Affordable Care Act since it was adopted seven years ago.
Often referred to as “Obamacare,” the signature legislation of former President Barack Obama’s administration ushered in free preventive care, from annual physicals to free mammograms and colonoscopies, coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and children remaining on their parents’ health plans until age 26.
The law also led to soaring insurance premiums as insurers sought to make up for losing millions of dollars because they were paying for more coverage of more people.
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“Health care is expensive because it’s necessary,” said Dr. Cedric Bright, assistant dean of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and a past president of the National Medical Association.