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        Divided States of America: The Passage of the Affordable Care Act

        Learn how the partisan vote on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—a historic piece of health-care reform legislation proposed by the Obama administration—would lead to unforeseen consequences in these video excerpts from FRONTLINE: Divided States of America. With Republicans unified in opposition to the president, Obama failed to secure bipartisan support for health-care reform. Consequently, the ACA was passed without a single House or Senate Republican voting for it. In part because of the way it was passed, the ACA (or “Obamacare”) would help fuel the rise of the Tea Party movement and become a symbol of the country’s growing divide.

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        A New President's Priority

        President Obama sets out to secure a bipartisan health-care reform bill.

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        Republican Disagreement Turns into Resistance

        This segment features reaction to the proposed bill in the Republican Party, insights into President Obama’s political style, and harsh words on the air waves for health-care reform.

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        Town Hall Fury

        Normally placid summer “town halls” erupt in anger as people unhappy with “Obamacare” turn out and voice their disapproval to elected officials.

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        Bipartisan No More

        The Obama administration makes the difficult choice to abandon a bipartisan approach to health-care reform.

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        Symbol of the Divide

        Passage of the Affordable Care Act without bipartisan support brings unintended consequences, fueling the Tea Party movement and further polarizing the nation.

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