Tackling economic issues


Obamacare is the name given to the Affordable Care Act. This was signed into law by Barack Obama in 2010 and is to help provide health care for all American citizens. All Americans now have to have health insurance, but now they cannot be turned down for having an existing health condition and cannot be cut off by the insurance company if the costs of treatment are too high.

Now, 31 million Americans have health insurance (2021) and around 10% still have no insurance.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

This is a benefit that helps families when the parents or carers cannot provide for the family’s basic needs.

The federal government gives money to individual states for this, and they can then decide the amount of payments.

States have used the money to provide extra cash to families, childcare, education and job training and transport to and from job interview for parents.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

This is another benefit for needy families. It is given so that families can buy healthy food. It is given in the form of a debit card for families to use in shops that have signed up.

Most food can be bought using SNAP but in most states this does not include food that is hot when you buy it. In addition, you cannot buy alcohol, cigarettes, medicine, or hygiene items.