Some of President Barack Obama's accomplishments included signing into law the Affordable Care Act and the Budget Control Act of 2011, as well as the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" law, as relates to the military. Additionally, Obama oversaw the successful defeat of Osama Bin Laden, who was behind the 9/11 attacks, and he appointed two new justices to the Supreme Court: Sonia Sotomeyer in 2009 and Elena Kagan in 2010.Continue Reading
Obama's Affordable Care Act became law in 2010 and successfully withstood a challenge to its constitutionality in 2012. The law attempted to solve the problems of health care coverage in the country by increasing the age at which children may stay on their parents' plan and eliminating pre-existing conditions as a disqualification for insurance. In 2012, the Supreme Court voted five to four that the law's mandate for coverage was constitutional because it amounted to a tax, which is a power that Congress has under the Constitution.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 prevented the government from going into default and also attempted to decrease government spending. The repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy allowed openly gay soldiers to serve in the military. Additionally, Obama gave the green light for the U.S. Navy SEALs to take down Osama Bin Laden, who was hiding in Pakistan.Learn more about US History