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Past Event

Jonathan Cohn: The Battle for Obamacare and Universal Coverage

Expanding health-care coverage has been a long, tumultuous process in the United States, but at its core, citizens want one thing: affordable, accessible health care. In 2010, the federal government passed the Affordable Care Act, the most expansive piece of legislation advocating for health-care accessibility since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. This policy, however, continues to divide the public as leaders from both political parties envision two conflicting futures for a nationalized health-care system.

In his new book, The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage, HuffPost correspondent Jonathan Cohn offers a compelling history of how Obamacare came to be, why it looks like it does, and what it’s meant for average Americans. For decades, political leaders have debated what’s wrong with our current health-care system and what should be done to fix it. Drawing from interviews, diaries, emails and memos, Cohn takes readers through the history of health-care reform and the dysfunction those changes have left in their wake.

Join us for a comprehensive look at one of the most impactful and controversial pieces of legislation in the past few decades.


Copies of The Ten Year War are available for purchase during checkout. Purchased books will be sent to the address provided at checkout (domestic U.S. addresses only).

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March 4, 2021

United States

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Jonathan Cohn
Senior National Correspondent, HuffPost; Author, The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage
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In Conversation with Anthony Wright
Executive Director, Health Access California

3–4 p.m. (Pacific Time) program