WATCH LIVE: Joe Biden hosts event on 13th anniversary of Obamacare passage

Barack Obama, Marcelas Owens, John Dingell, Tom Harkin, Richard Durbin, Joe Biden, Vicki Kennedy, Christopher Dodd, Sander Levin, Ryan Smith, Kathleen Sebelius, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Harry Reid, Patrick Kennedy, James Clyburn, Henry Waxman
FILE – In this March 23, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington. If Obama’s health care law survives Supreme Court scrutiny, it will be nearly a decade before all its major pieces are in place. The law’s carefully orchestrated phase-in is evidence of what’s at stake in the Supreme Court deliberations that start March 26, 2012. With Obama are Marcelas Owens of Seattle, left, and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., right; from top left are Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa., Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Vice President Joe Biden, Vicki Kennedy, widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., Ryan Smith of Turlock, Calif., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., House Majority Whip James Clyburn of S.C., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) J. Scott Applewhite/AP

WATCH LIVE: Joe Biden hosts event on 13th anniversary of Obamacare passage

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President Joe Biden is hosting an event commemorating the 13th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, being signed into law.

Despite being the signature piece of legislation from President Barack Obama‘s eight years in office, he is not expected to attend the event at the White House.

Authors of the legislation say it aimed to reduce the number of people who do not have health insurance, while seeking to provide more affordable coverage options by expanding Medicaid, public health insurance for low income individuals, and the creation of exchanges that provided subsidized plans.


Republicans decried the law for years after it was passed, especially the individual mandate, which required citizens get a basic level of health insurance or be penalized. The individual mandate was repealed in 2017. In recent years, the GOP has shied away from previous calls to repeal and replace the law.

The law also survived various Supreme Court challenges, including in 2012 when a majority opinion ruled the individual mandate was legal based on Congress’ taxing power.

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