Meaning of Obamacare in English:


Pronunciation /əʊˈbɑːməkɛː/


mass noun
  • 1(in the US) an informal term for a federal law intended to improve access to health insurance for US citizens. The official name of the law is the Affordable Care Act or (in full) the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    ‘supporters of Obamacare point out that private health insurance was hardly perfect before 2010’
    • ‘Hospices, not surprisingly, support efforts in Obamacare to promote their services.’
    • ‘Passing Obamacare would be like performing exactly the opposite function of turning people into investors.’
    • ‘Opponents of ObamaCare argue that this five-page section of a 1,000-page bill is actually an attempt to pressure senior citizens into opting out of expensive live-saving therapy.’
    • ‘Until other proposals to pay for health-care reform materialize, ObamaCare is essentially synonymous with the House bill.’
    • ‘In its current draft form, Obamacare would authorize Medicare to pay for a consultation.’
    • ‘'Obamacare' will have to tread a difficult path to retain choice and competition.’
    • ‘Will your high-deductible plan still be available once Obamacare takes full effect?’
    • ‘He has been in Congress for 40 years and was the fellow who held the gavel when Obamacare was passed in the House.’
    • ‘The bill marks the 43rd time that House Republicans have voted to defund or repeal Obamacare.’
    • ‘Anyone who doesn't have health insurance in 2014 could face tax penalties under Obamacare.’
    1. 1.1Health insurance made available through the Affordable Care Act.
      ‘what happens if you don't have Obamacare and you are in an accident?’
      • ‘Among their signs: "We can't afford Obamacare!"’
      • ‘I just got a bill for my Obamacare.’
      • ‘Ten years ago I was out of work and believe me I would have been very happy to have Obamacare.’
      • ‘I plan not to have Obamacare.’
      • ‘Mental health is covered by Obamacare.’


Early 21st century from Obama (see Obama, Barack) and care, on the pattern of Medicare; the act was signed into law by President Obama in 2010.