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It’s President Obama’s Last Day in Office. Here’s How He Has Fundamentally Transformed America

Barack Obama promised his presidency would be transformative, and whether or not you were a fan of his, it was definitely that.

Here is what has happened in the nation since eight years ago when Obama assumed office.

First of all the country has become much, much more Republican.

The above map is congressional district control by party in 2008 vs. 2016. Trump will enter office with the biggest GOP majority since the 1920s. According to Fox News, Obama has overseen 1,000 Democratic party losses nationally:

The Democratic Party suffered huge losses at every level during Obama’s West Wing tenure. The grand total: a net loss of 1,042 state and federal Democratic posts, including congressional and state legislative seats, governorships and the presidency.

The latter was perhaps the most profound example of Obama’s popularity failing to translate to support for his allies. Hillary Clinton, who served as secretary of state under Obama, brought the first family out for numerous campaign appearances. In September, Obama declared that his “legacy’s on the ballot.”

Less than two months later, Americans voted for Donald Trump.

Healthcare costs have skyrocketed across the board.

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Since Obamacare was implemented, premiums have consistently increased, insurance companies discovered that enrollees tended to be sicker and older than they estimated:

“Insurance firms have struggled with a group of enrollees that have been sicker and older than expected, leading to large losses for the firms. This has been especially acute in states that did not expand their Medicaid offerings, such as South Carolina.”

As a result, insurance companies pulled out of the marketplace and in five states there was only one insurance company. Lack of competition in the market gave way for insurance companies to raise premiums by double digits.

The national debt has skyrockted as well.

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When President Obama took office in 2009, the national debt was at roughly $7 trillion, but by 2014 the debt had doubled to $14 trillion, as the Daily Mail reported:

“America’s first 43 presidents took 223 years to rack up the country’s first $7 trillion in red ink. Obama has duplicated that dubious achievement in less than five years and seven months.”

The number of households owning guns have decreased.

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Despite that, gun sales have skyrocketed:

Since Obama took office there have been a record number of gun sales, which typically see a bounce after a terrorist attack and the debate on gun control restarts:

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Interestingly, the percentage of gun owners in the United States has reached a record low level, according to recent polls.

So what’s happening? The Washington Post reports that existing gun owners are adding to their stockpile which explains why gun sales are up while the number of gun-owning households is down:

“But the declining rates of gun ownership across three major national surveys suggest a different explanation: that most of the rise in gun purchases is driven by existing gun owners stocking up, rather than by people buying their first gun. A Washington Post analysis last year found that the average American gun owner now owns approximately eight firearms, double the number in the 1990s.”

Troop deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq are lower than they’ve been in over a decade:

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Then-Senator Obama campaigned on a promise of ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the 2008 presidential campaign.

While he initially hoped to withdraw forces from Afghanistan, similar to the 2011 withdrawal from Iraq, the spread of ISIS caused him to change his calculus and leave a residual force in Afghanistan to help stabilize the country. However, the number of troops in Afghanistan is still lower than it’s been in more than a decade.