Why do states matter? Contemporary state policy choice -- Getting to Obamacare: a history of Health Care Reform in the U.S. -- The "nuts and bolts" of the Affordable Care Act -- A national look at ACA implementation choices -- Opposing the ACA: an Alabama case study -- Dueling sentiments: Michigan and the ACA -- Live free or die: New Hampshire and the ACA -- Taking the lead: California's endeavor for universal health care -- The broader lessons of state implementation of the ACA.
"After a great deal of discussion and debate across all levels of government, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law in March 2010. The ACA offered a complete overhaul of the American health care system, requiring most citizens to carry health insurance. Since President Trump's election into office, the ACA has stayed in the headlines. Trump has continued to call for the replacement and repeal of the ACA, and several efforts have spawned in both the House and the Senate to accomplish this goal. Unlike welfare reform, which was generally embraced by all states, the ACA has proven very divisive in some states, with some states actively seeking to block implementation. Alternative solutions continue to prove elusive. To better understand the major factors driving decision making process and state level dynamics influencing state support or opposition of the ACA, State Politics and the Affordable Care Act examines the initial implementation through established support and opposition factors across four states: Alabama, Michigan, California, and New Hampshire. The choices made by states are a direct consequence of long-term forces, and the choices made at the national level"--