Affordable Care Act the product of a century of work

CREATED Dec. 2, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec. 2, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The Affordable Care Act is new to the country, but the idea of universal healthcare has been debated for decades.

"This has been something that has been worked on for the last century in this country," said Donna Friedsam, a Health Policy Programs Director at the Population Health Institute at UW-Madison. "Concerns about (cost and coverage) has been grappled with by so many administrations."
 
The Roosevelt, Truman, and Nixon Administrations all attempted to revamp healthcare.  It wasn't until 2008, when the Obama Administration was able to pass the Affordable Care Act.
 
Opponents weren't happy, especially with the individual mandate, which requires every household to obtain healthcare.  
 
The Supreme Court upheld the law in 2012.