Barack Obama was the first African-American president of The United States of America. He is now an important figure in American history since he decided to run for president. He was elected once again in 2012, “his achievements in office have made him one of the most transformative presidents of the past hundred years.” (Perry) He pushed his country through the Great Recession, wars, civil unrest, mass shootings, and different cultural demographics. He also brought the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to make a change. “Change we can believe in, yes we can” was his slogan, ten years later we are living in a better place because of him.
There have been five different presidents in this century. They all failed to make universal health insurance. Obama created the ACA (known as Obama Care), and passed it in 2010. “Obamacare would cover millions of the uninsured, a giant step toward the Democratic dream of health care for all. It also included dozens of less prominent provisions to rein in the soaring cost and transform the dysfunctional delivery of American medicine.” (Paul Glastris) Thanks to the Affordable Care Act “More than twenty million Americans have gained coverage since the passage of the law, which provides subsidies for Americans to buy coverage, expands Medicaid eligibility, and prohibits insurers from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions.” (Paul Glastris) The rate of uninsured American’s has dropped to a significant 9 percent in 2015. This act also provides free preventive care and allows young adults to still be on their parent’s insurance policy until age twenty-six. Also, “computerized medical records facilitated the Affordable Care Act.” (Paul Glastris) The ACA also supported the greater health care costs that the recession created. Medical records began to be computerized. “That facilitated exchange of patient medical information, such as tests, among doctors.” (Paul Glastris) Rural medicine began to be more effective because of the act. “Funding broadband infrastructure in rural areas also helped pave the way for computerized health records needed for the ACA.” (Paul Glastris)
President Obama also signed the ARRA in 2009 to jump-start the economy and cancel out the extreme recession since the Great Depression. In 2016 15.5 million new jobs were risen. Unemployment also dropped significantly since 2009. “The unemployment rate, which hit a sustained peak of about 10 percent in 2009, has dropped to 4.6 percent as of November 2016.” (Amadeo)
In the past years the American people haven’t heard many positive things about Barack Obama while in office, but reality says otherwise. The reality shows that his policies have had a major impact on our country. The problem is that many American’s haven’t taken the time to understand these policies. He has been criticized for not following his slogan on hope that inspired many to vote for him. Data states that President Obama “has produced much more sweeping change than most of his supporters or detractors realize.” (Amadeo)
The ARRA gave over $700 billion to low income American families and small businesses. Families “received the funds through tax cuts, tax credits and unemployment benefits. Most of the funds were delivered in the first two years.” (Amadeo) Many criticized the act fearing that unemployed income wouldn’t find any motivation to find a job because of the unemployment benefits. “Small businesses drive 70 percent of all new jobs. ARRA allocated $54 billion to help small businesses with tax deductions, credits and loan guarantees.” (Amadeo) Some “small businesses complained that loan guarantees and tax deductions didn’t help them.” (Amadeo) No law will ever satisfy everyone, but the grand majority of the average American’s were benefited from the ARRA. The “ARRA also created jobs by funding shovel-ready public works projects.” It created 19,975 jobs according to a UMass study. This act was proposed so the demand had a boost and made Americans confident about the act. President Obama intended to continue President Bush’s TARP program. “TARP ended the 2008 financial crisis by bailing out large banks.” (Amadeo)
“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act had something for everybody.” (Amadeo) The American people were unconvinced if they really received all of those benefits. The polls presented the people’s thoughts of taxes increased rather than decreased. Though the facts showed otherwise. “But the success of ARRA is in the numbers.” (Amadeo) “The recession ended in July 2009, five months after Congress passed the Act. Economic growth immediately improved.” (Amadeo)
Indeed, was President Obama great in office. America made important history the moment this great man decided to run for office. Although there were many things going on in our country at the time, he managed to get through all of it in a calmly manner. He brought many great changes to America. “Change we can believe in, yes we can” was his slogan, ten years later we are living in a better place because of him.
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