The healthcare industry added almost a half million people to its payrolls in 2015, by far the highest annual total since President Barack Obama entered office and passed his landmark healthcare reform law.
During the Obama presidency, which soon enters its final year, more than 1.86 million healthcare jobs have been created.
Hospitals, doctors offices and outpatient centers have hired new employees in droves at least partly due to the overhaul of the health insurance market. The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid and created public insurance marketplaces, resulting in millions of individuals and family members with pent-up healthcare needs obtaining coverage. The most recent estimates from HHS show 11.3 million people have signed up for a health plan on the state and federal exchanges so far for 2016.