ExhibitionReform and Reaction
The participation of grassroots groups in battles over health care reform continues in 21st century.
Activism helped shape the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which outlawed most types of insurance discrimination and extended health coverage to many of the uninsured. Citizens’ groups faced off at town meetings during the battle over “Obamacare,” and are playing a major role in the debate over the constitutionality and implementation of the law.
New types of citizen action have also emerged to address new health care challenges, from illness and disability among military veterans to the rising number of elderly in the United States.
In front of the Supreme Court, demonstrators await a decision on the Affordable Care Act, June 28, 2012
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Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care march in Louisville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 2014
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A Public Health Service physician examines an elderly patient in a home setting, ca. late 20th century
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