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Obama’s wins, losses

From staff reports

Wins

Health care: The passage of the Affordable Care Act, though politically contentious, gave millions more Americans health insurance.

The economy: Faced with the worst economic downturn since the Depression, Obama pushed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which boosted output and put millions of people back to work at a critical time.

Osama bin Laden: Obama announced in 2011 that American forces had killed one of the world’s most-wanted men.

Losses

Middle East: Instability in the region has created misery in Syria and a refugee crisis in Western Europe, and detractors say the Obama administration’s inaction helped fuel the rise of ISIS.

Immigration: Though he enacted some measures through executive actions, he was unable to get congressional agreement on comprehensive immigration reform.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: The 12-nation trade deal was signed early in 2016, but President-elect Donald Trump campaigned against it and said it’ll be dead on arrival in his administration.

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