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Political Terms

Learn about often used political terms or abbreviations so you can better understand what politicians are talking about

Terms/Abbreviations

Obamacare

Officially known as The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare makes it easier for people to find and sign up for health insurance plans. It also makes health insurance more affordable for those who need economic assistance and makes not having health insurance a taxable offense.

DACA

DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an immigration policy which keeps many undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children from being deported.

Green New Deal

The Green New Deal is a 10 year plan to make America run on 100% renewable energy by 2030. This would help the world avoid the predicted consequences of global warming according to many scientists. The GND would also provide a living-wage job ($15/hr) to anybody who needs one.

NAFTA

NAFTA or The North American Free Trade Agreement is an agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico to allow free trade between all 3 countries. This means that there are no additional taxes on products traded between these counties.

NATO

NATO or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is a military alliance between 30 North American and European countries. It has protected some eastern European countries from conflicts with Russia. 

Second Amendment

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution protects individual's rights "to keep and bear arms." Much of the current debate about gun control centers around who the text gives rights to, and what arms those people are allowed to have.

Defunding the Police

Defunding the police generally refers to the idea that parts of budgets for police departments should be allocated to different services that provide non-policing forms of public safety to communities, e.g. social workers and education.

Pro-Choice

Being pro-choice generally means supporting a woman's right to make a decision whether she wants to have an abortion, as well as have access to safe forms of the procedure.

Pro-Life

Being pro-life generally means believing that an embryo or fetus has a"right to life" (meaning it cannot be aborted). However, some people who identify as pro-life will believe that exceptions can be made in instances such as rape, incest, or when the mother's life is in danger.