NewsElections President Obama's progressive achievements: Obamacare, climate change and more By Lauren Cook email@example.com Updated November 18, 2016 6:45 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email President Barack Obama has undoubtedly made a mark on American history. Though Obama may be our first African-American president, he has also acted as a leader and uniting figure behind a number of progressive ideas and policies during his time in office. From health care reform to international relations and beyond, take a look back at Obama’s most progressive accomplishments over the past eight years. Affordable Care Act Photo Credit: Getty Images / Win McNamee Love it or hate it, the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) will forever be linked with this president. Signed into law on March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act serves to protect Americans from unfair insurance practices and to make affordable health care coverage a reality for millions. The legislation has been both championed by Democrats and vilified by Republicans. While the Obama administration lauds the legislation as comprehensive health care reform that made coverage available to millions who did not previously have it, the GOP has slammed it as an unconstitutional mandate that hurts quality of care, among other issues. U.S.-Cuba relations Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla On Dec. 17, 2014, President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced they would come together to thaw relations between the U.S. and Cuba. After more than 50 years of what the Obama administration called "failed, Cold War-era policy," the two governments began to work together to build a new bridge of diplomacy. In March 2016, Obama became the first sitting American president to visit Cuba since 1928. Climate change: Paris Agreement Photo Credit: Getty Images - Pool / Chris Kleponis President Barack Obama was one of the strongest proponents of the Paris Agreement, which was adopted by more than 190 countries on Dec. 12, 2015. The agreement creates a broad framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep the global temperature from rising 2 degrees Celsius in the years to come. Dodd-Frank bill Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Rod Lamkey Jr. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis that led to the Great Recession, the Obama administration proposed the Dodd-Frank bill in 2009. Formally named the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the legislation placed a new set of federal regulations on the country's financial institutions. The legislation was passed by Congress in 2010. Raising the minimum wage Photo Credit: Getty Images - Pool / Olivier Douliery Since President Obama urged action on raising the minimum wage in 2013, 18 states and Washington, D.C. have answered the call, according to the White House. Obama also supports the Raise the Wage Act, which was introduced in 2015 and would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour over the course of 11 years. So far, the bill has been read twice in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, but has not progressed further. DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Saul Loeb In June 2012, President Obama announced an executive action that would allow undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before they were 16 years old to stay in the United States for as long as two years. The policy -- called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA -- comes with a list of eligibility requirements. Those who do meet the guidelines could become eligible for employment authorization, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. By Lauren Cook firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.