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Tuesday, October 25, 2016


President Barack Obama lauded the Affordable Care Act’s successful first open enrollment period, and proudly declared that the law is “here to stay” during a triumphant speech at the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday afternoon.

Hours after the White House announced that 7,041,000 people had signed up for insurance using the law’s health care exchanges — exceeding the Congressional Budget Office’s original target — the president insisted that “this law has made our health care system a lot better.”

“Under this law, the share of Americans with insurance is up, and the growth of health care costs is down,” Obama said. “That’s good for our middle class, and that’s good for our fiscal future.”

Much of the president’s speech focused on the various benefits of the Affordable Care Act, such as allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health care plans until the age of 26, expanding preventive care, closing Medicare’s prescription drug “donut hole,” and preventing insurers from imposing monetary limits on the coverage they provide.

The president also took a moment to needle Republican opponents of the law, to laughter and applause from his enthusiastic crowd.

“I’ve got to admit I don’t get it. Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance?” Obama asked. “Why are they so mad about the idea of someone having health insurance?”

“Many of the tall tales that have been told about this law have been debunked,” he continued. “There are still no death panels. Armageddon has not arrived.”

“But the debate over repealing this law is over,” he added. “The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”

AFP Photo/Jewel Samad

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  • paulyz

    Good, now all the Democrats that are running away from supporting Obamacare, can stand up and tell everyone how much they love Obamacare.

    • A_Real_Einstein

      And they will!
      If the GOP thinks that this is their ticket to victory in Novemebr they better think again.
      This fight is over. This law is growing in popularity by the day.

  • DoctorFaustroll

    Yeah, but what about Benghazi? And when is Obama going to lick Issa’s bunghole? These are the truly important issues yet to be addressed.

    Oh yeah, and when is the liberal media going to pull its head out of the Koch brother’s asses and starting reporting the news?

    • Churchlady320

      OK – that’s kinda gross, but I accept your points!

    • Sand_Cat

      Important points, all.

  • A_Real_Einstein

    God Bless President Obama,
    The protector and defender of the middle class and less fortunate. This debate is officially over.

  • charles king

    Who? are these people that refuse to abide by the law this i s What? make our Democracy WORK. Why? would an American citizen Not want Health care for another American citizen. What? the hell is going on in America.Critical Thinking WORKS, OBAMACARE WORKS, Social Security WORKS, Medica-care WORKS, Food-stamps WORK. things that helps the People under OBAMACARE WORKS so the next time you go and Vote remember those People Who? are against the People’s Democracy. Critical Thinking and the Vote WORKS. Thank You are the magic words in my book. I Love Ya All. Mr. C. E. KING

  • elw

    Good for the President, he has every right to be proud of the ACA.

    • TZToronto

      It’s about time somebody stood up and asked,”What’s going on with these powerful people who don’t care about the health of their fellow Americans?” Heck, even the insurance companies are on board with the ACA! So who are the Tea Party and the scared-as-hell GOP protecting with their opposition? History will look at the 2009-2017 period as one in which GOP obstructionism kept America in the grip of recession, one in which the GOP and its financial backers worked (and failed) to destroy the American Dream, one in which the President–in spite of hateful opposition from the Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate–managed to build a compassionate health care system, something Presidents (progressive Presidents) have been trying to do for a century.

  • Bob Williams

    The real beauty of ObamaCare is that if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. And if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health plan. And more good news – we will each save about $2,500 EACH YEAR on the program. How do I know this? Because my Obama told me so! And he wouldn’t lie to me, now would he?

    Benghazi? Just a misunderstanding. IRS screwing with Conservative Non-Profits? Lois Lerner says that it’s all a big mistake. Gun running and a dead Border Patrol agent? Probably just part of the great Right Wing Conspiracy.

    I’m convinced.

    • Reece

      Not to mention the ACA was watered down by Republicans. So no one has it completely their way. And how many millions of dollars of taxpayer’s money have the Republicans wasted to keep having these votes to repeal the ACA? Gee, there aren’t any other important issues to improve people’s lives that they could’ve used that money for instead? Yet all criticism by Republicans is directed our President’s way. Strange thing about Republicans & Benghazi, their outrage is misplaced. Why isn’t it on the people who committed the violence? (Obviously because that doesn’t further the Republican political agenda.) Also, no mention of surveillance of liberal-leaning non-profits during a Republican administration. Why not? The fact is we’re still dealing with the disastrous economic repercussions of the failed Reagan administration and the economy tanked under the Bush Administration Yeah, thanks a whole lot Republicans!

      • JohnnyH

        Yeah, blame George Bush

        • Reece

          The economy has improved under President Obama, so give him credit.

          • Bob Williams

            The economy has improved? What planet are you living on? The National Debt has gone up from $10 Trillion to $17 Trillion. That works out to about $22,000 for every man, woman and child living in the US of A.

            Had Obama given each one of us $22K, the economy would have been a lot better – as opposed to giving my $22K to a-holes like Solyndra and his other butt-buddies.

            Did you get your $22K? I didn’t get mine!

  • ChristoD

    Trying to respond on this site is ridiculous. Everything is so darn slow. Hacked by the right ?