In March 2010 President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. Health care reform was propelled by Obama’s election and his address in February 2009 to a joint session of Congress.
“So let there be no doubt: Health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year,” CNN reports Obama said in that speech.
It was a long and grueling process and opponents of the bill used town halls to drum up anger about the measure. Still, in the end, the measure was approved.
Here’s a photo timeline of the Affordable Care Act: