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18. Barack Obama: America's First Black President
Since 2008, Barack Obama has been president of
United States of America. He is a historic
primarily because he is the first African American
hold the position of president. His policies have
him many supporters, as well as many detractors.
is possibly one of the most divisive presidents
govern the country in the history of the
States. Obama is a representative of the Democratic
with his presidency coming after the controversial George
. Bush left office.
One of the defining aspects
his presidency is the Patient Protection and Affordable
Act, commonly and inaccurately called Obamacare. This act,
into law by the U.S. Congress and signed
the president in March 2010, became effective on
1, 2014. It is the single, most significant
in government healthcare since Medicare was implemented in
. This act was intended to increase the affordability
care for Americans, expand insurance coverage, and lower
uninsured rate in the country. It is a
act that has many detractors, but most Americans
carry health insurance, which was not true before
Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1961.
is a graduate of both Columbia University in
York City, and Harvard Law School. Before becoming
, he served as senator for the state of
. He is considered a liberal by many southern
, but this may be an unfair label. The
is largely due to the Affordable Care Act,
his attempts at immigration reform. Additionally, Obama ended
U.S. involvement in the Iraq war. He also
the military operation that eventually resulted in the
of Osama Bin Laden. Obama was reelected as
in November, 2012.