Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Guide Topic

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House

In 2009, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and it became law in 2010. Major changes in health care in the United States have been happening ever since.

It is a complex piece of legislation. There have been many questions and controversy surrounding it. The librarians in the Reference Department of the Upper Arlington Public Library have compiled the following resources to clarify the law and help you find answers to practical questions. You will also find representative points of view for all sides of the health care debate to help you form your own educated stance on the issue.

Ohio uses the federal exchange for health insurance. To enroll in the Marketplace or learn more about it, go to or call their toll-free number, 1-800-318-2596.

Making the correct healthcare choices requires an understanding of each person’s or family’s unique health and financial circumstances. Members of the Upper Arlington Public Library staff are not trained or licensed to provide advice or to assist you in selecting a specific health plan, but can provide information and direction to public resources about the Affordable Care Act that will help you make your own choices.


Search “Affordable Care Act” or related terms in each of these databases for relevant results. Unless you are in one of our library locations, you will need your library card number and PIN in order to access them. Please note: Links to our databases open in a new window or tab in your browser.

Columbus Dispatch Logo

Columbus Dispatch Archives - Find local news articles and editorials on this topic by searching the Columbus, Ohio newspaper, through Newsbank.

Consumer Health Complete logo

Consumer Health Complete - Read full-text results from consumer health publications by searching this resource.

Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context - Get contrasting viewpoints on the law through magazine articles, encyclopedia entries, images, editorials and more.

Explora Database logo

Explora - Search “Affordable Care Act” in this database for current and in-depth articles from magazines and journals, as well as Associated Press videos on the topic.


Because of the sweeping changes and the controversial nature of the Affordable Care Act, it is written about often in news and general editorial publications. You will often find articles about it in current issues of magazine titles carried by UAPL, like the ones below. Some issues of these titles are available for checking out. Click the links for location and other holdings information.

Archives/Special Collections

Find fact sheets, brochures and other handouts about the Health Insurance Marketplace in the Reference Department located near the room entrance. 




Search Starters

Find materials in our catalog about Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act by clicking on the following subject terms.

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