Let's Talk Health Care

What's the Issue

No doubt about it, the Affordable Care Act, (also called Obamacare), is one of the most influential and controversial laws up for debate in this presidential election. Should we build on the law, repeal it, or scrap it and start over? Young voters have a lot to gain -- or lose -- when health care reform is on the table.

What do I Need to Know

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was passed in 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012 and 2015. Its goals: make health care more affordable, make sure as many Americans as possible are insured, and shut down generally terrible practices by insurance companies.

Obamacare also instituted a huge new change to the health care system in this country: the individual mandate. This change aims to drive down the cost of health care for everyone by avoiding the expensive current situation, where taxpayers pay for uninsured people's care.

What do Millennials Think

Universal Healthcare

73 of Millennials agree that there should be free universal healthcare in America.

Why Should I Care

Because you or someone you know probably got health insurance because of Obamacare.

The percentage of young people without health insurance is now the lowest it's been since 1997. More than 4.5 million young adults (ages 18 to 34) have gained insurance under the ACA.

Because you probably care about mental health too.

Research has shown that the percentage of 18-25 year olds with mental health disorders who actually got mental health treatment has increased by 5 percentage points since Obamacare went into effect.

Because you don't want your grandmother's health care system.

Studies show that Millennials will totally influence the future of health care (medical apps, anyone?), and your vote will have an impact in the very near future.

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What are the Candidates Saying

As president, I'll defend the Affordable Care Act, build on its successes, and go even further to reduce costs.

Hillary Clinton [D]

I will repeal all of ObamaCare, including the mandate, period...

Donald Trump [R]
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