Presidential Legacies

In our country’s history there have been many great men who have sat in the Oval Office, leaving behind legacies to be printed in history books and taught in classes for years after they are gone. However, on the other hand there are many more men who have sat in the same seat that have been forgotten and if you were to hear their name you would not recognize it as being the leader of the most powerful country in the world. It is true that great legacies come out of times of hardships, war, and great change, so for some presidents who sat in office in times of peace and stability they didn’t leave behind any notable legacy. President Lincoln who faced a very difficult presidency is known for his great leadership and ability to hold the country together even when it was amidst a succession.

Many scholars say that there are two versions of the presidency that a president will experience, the first is the active one, where he deals with current issues and unplanned problems. The second, is the one that we actually remember, just highlighted details and a vague summary of events.

President Obama’s legacy will have several notable highlights, one of which will be the Affordable Care Act. The ACA was a monumental win for the Democrats and will definitely find a place in history books and classrooms. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing, the ACA was put to the test twice by the Supreme Court. The fate of Obama’s great legacy was in the hands of nine black robed individuals; and Obama knew it.

In 2012 the Supreme Court first heard National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius and decided 5-4 that the Affordable Care Act legislation was constitutional under Congress’s power to tax. They also ruled that it was unconstitutional for the government to pull Medicaid funding to states who did not participate in the expansion. Then in 2015 the Court heard King v. Burwell the court upheld a challenged provision of the law that outlined tax credits to individuals in the states. Thus the Affordable Care Act has survived two Supreme Court cases and looks like it will be a part of President Obama’s legacy in the years to come.

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