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WATCH: Obama Defends Affordable Care Act Implementation, Slams Repeal Efforts

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WATCH: Obama Defends Affordable Care Act Implementation, Slams Repeal Efforts


President Barack Obama painted an optimistic picture of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation, and slammed congressional Republicans’ neverending attempts to repeal the law and strip millions of Americans of its benefits during a Thursday morning speech at the White House.

After noting Wednesday’s announcement that insurance premiums are on track to drop at least 50 percent in New York, President Obama declared that “the Affordable Care Act is doing what it’s designed to do: deliver more choices, better benefits, a check on rising costs.”

The president focused on the value provided by the law, pointing out that “you’re already getting benefits, even if you don’t know that it’s because of the Affordable Care Act.” Obama pointed out that “health care costs have slowed drastically in a lot of areas” since the law was passed in 2010, and that because of the law 80 percent of all insurance revenue must now be spent on health care costs — resulting in lower premiums and better benefits.

Obama’s case was buttressed by a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, which forecast significantly lower than expected insurance costs in the state health care exchanges.

“That’s progress that we want to make sure that we’re seeing across the country,” he said. Still, the president acknowledged that “there’s still a lot of folks in this town who are rooting for this law to fail.”

“Yesterday, despite all the evidence that the law is working the way it was supposed to for middle-class Americans, Republicans in the House of Representatives voted for nearly the 40th time to dismantle it,” Obama lamented. “There’s a lot of work that Congress needs to do…and yet instead, we’re re-fighting these old battles.”

“Maybe they think it’s good politics,” he continued. “Some of them seem to think this law is about me. It’s not. I already have good health care,” he added jokingly.

“Affordable health care is not just some privilege for a few. It’s a right for everybody,” Obama said at the conclusion of his remarks. “That’s something everybody should support. That’s not something that should be subjected to politics.”

Video of President Obama’s remarks is below:

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. ObozoMustGo July 18, 2013

    Meanwhile, back in the land of the truth, 60%+ of Americans don’t want your stupid Obozocare and the massive cost overruns that are already coming from it. And if it was so great, why are the unions and others requesting amnesty from its provisions? And if it is so great, why are you breaking the law yourself by delaying the employer mandate until AFTER the 2014 elections?

    Have a nice day!

    “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!” — P.J. O’Rourke

    1. JulieZ77 July 18, 2013

      You’re the Bozo here, creep. Stop already with the misinformation that comes from your Southern orifice. Everything you said here and everywhere else is nothing but lies and right wing propaganda. Tea Party idiots like you need to either move out of America or try to travel through time back to the nineteenth century where you all belong.

    2. irishtap July 18, 2013

      This president sheds more brain cells from his toe nail clippings than the entire GOP has ever had. Tea Party dolts reside in a ‘make believe’ existence where they’d rather whine and disparage, threaten and scream, and above all prevaricate, since of course : lying is the only mode of operation they can depend on – as the truth is antithetical to this brand of paranoid schizophrenics and they’re corporate masters. We should think of the Tea Party as a type of dangerous Monsanto ‘Franken weed’, designed to choke off our representative government. Unattractive, undesirable with no useful reason for existing.

      1. charleo1 July 18, 2013

        Listen to irishtap. I’m going to frame that one!!!

        Obozo: “Oh yeah!” “Well, who told you that?”
        “Your Dear Leader?” “And I don’t prevaricate!”
        “Well, not much as I used to!” “Have a nice day!”

        1. irishtap July 18, 2013

          Go ‘FOX’ yourself…

      2. adbj102 July 23, 2013

        Representative government ?????? Huh? since when did Obama represent the average American (that didn’t donate big bucks to him)???

        1. irishtap July 24, 2013

          You clearly have no idea what your attempting to say. Now go keep watch for the ‘black helicopters’.

    3. Lynda Groom July 18, 2013

      As I’m sure you are aware the polls are all over the place. Certainly nearly all of them show the negatives higher than the positive. The question is the why and just how effective the campaign against the law has been. One of the major polls shows about 90% of Republicans against ObamaCare, and 75% of Demo’s and Independents in favor.
      Another recent CNN poll shows 43% in favor and 54% against. Of the 54% nearly half felt the law did not go far enough. Putting much trust into polls should have been exposed last November…unless you pay attention to Nate Silver’s poll.
      Enjoy your day.

      1. ObozoMustGo July 18, 2013

        And the real poll on Obozocare was taken in November 2010 just after they had jammed it down America’s throat with no debate, no committe, no support from the other side, NOT ONE, and no one having even read the bill before they voted on it. Yeah… right… Sure, sure. American’s are going to love this sheet sandwich!!!
        Have a nice day!
        “We have to pass the bill so that we can find out what is in it.” — Nancy “the idiot nearly as dumb as Hank Johnson” Pelosi before the passage of Obozocare in 2010.

        1. Lynda Groom July 18, 2013

          You are close on Nancy’s words, but not accurate. The word you are looking for is ‘you,’ not we. She said they needed to pass the bill so ‘you’ (the public) would know what is in it. BTW, the fact that it took nearly fourteen (14) months to pass would indicate that the ‘jammed’ your talking about was a very slow jam. Lets not forget the over 100 amendments from the opposite side of the aisle as well.

          1. ObozoMustGo July 19, 2013

            How many of those Republican amendments made it in the bill? ZERO!!! How many Republicans voted for Obozocare? ZERO!!!

            And since you are a leftist freak with no memory, the bill was NOT passed in the traditional parliamentarian method as established by the Constitution. There was no House version that went to committee to be reconciled with the Senate version. It was written by SEIU and a host of other leftist freaks that gave it to the other leftist freaks in Congress to jam it through without a single member of Congress that voted for it having read the entire bill or with any knowledge of what was in it. And you certainly cannot say that Stretch Face Piglosi read the bill because she does not know how to read.

            Have a nice day!

            “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress
            discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville

          2. Lynda Groom July 19, 2013

            You have absolutely no idea what GOP ideas made it into the final bill. The problem is they made suggestions and still voted against their own idea. See Heritage Foundation for a clue.

          3. Lynda Groom July 19, 2013

            You seem impressed by the fact the there were no GOP votes for passage of the ACA. I suppose you’ve forgotten that there were also no GOP votes for the tax increase under Clinton that the GOP claimed would ruin the economy. The opposite happened, so why put so much faith in their votes?

          4. ObozoMustGo July 19, 2013

            Of course there were no GOP votes for Obozocare. They’re stupid…. but not THAT stupid. And by the way, the real key to the so-called Clinton tax hikes was a radical REDUCTION in the capital gains taxes. Leftist freaks always forget about that.

            Have a nice day!

            “If a tax-rate cut brings in more revenue, the rates weren’t cut enough.” — Milton Friedman

          5. Lynda Groom July 19, 2013

            Friedman..seriously? LOL

          6. ObozoMustGo July 19, 2013

            Who would you quote?

          7. Lynda Groom July 19, 2013

            Are you trying to confuse me by agreeing with me? Please stop, my heart can’t take it. I find it interesting that you’ve said nothing of importance about the GOP being so wrong on the Clinton tax vote. Sure the reduction in the capital gains tax played a part in the boom. If you really believe that this portion was RESPONSIBLE for that boom you should be equally upset that the GOP voted NO. That fact alone should have been reason enough to receive some votes. NO GOP VOTES at all shows their ignorance of economic issues. Why are you such a follower of folks that were partially, or completely, wrong about that vote? Again I ask ‘why put so much faith in their votes?’

          8. ObozoMustGo July 20, 2013

            I have no faith in any politician these days. Why would you assume that anyone, given their track record, should have faith in any politician or their constabularies? The evidence is to the contrary.

            Have a nice day!

            “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of
            Congress. But then I repeat myself.” — Mark Twain

          9. adbj102 July 23, 2013

            I seem to remember that Klinton raised my taxes, and took in so much more money that the right suggested they give some back to the taxpayers The lefties said that giving some back would be unethical! And Immoral?? So they gave it to the welfare class! Most of them posting on here?

          10. adbj102 July 23, 2013

            That is a blatent lie, All amendments from the right were voted down by the Obamites. You are soley responsible !

          11. Lynda Groom July 24, 2013

            In fact hundreds of GOP amendments were adopted during the committee markup process. As a result both the Senate and House passed key GOP proposals into the bill.
            Personal responsibility incentives, allow health insurance premium to vary based on participation in proven employer wellness programs. (see HR3400 Empowering Patients First Act; GOP Study Committee bill. HR4038; Common Sense Health Programs for Employees; GOP substitute bill.
            Advance medical liability reform through grants to States. Provides grants to States to jump-start promising medical liability reform ideas to patient safety first. (see HR4529; Empowering Patients First Act; from GOP Study Committee bill. Roadmap for America’s Future Act (Ryan’s bill)
            Extending dependent coverage to age 26. HR 4038; Common Sense Health Care Reform & Accoutability Act (GOP Substitute bill) HR 3590, Medical Rights & Reform Act; Kirk GOP bill.
            Allowing automatic enrollment by employers in health insurance, allows employee’s to opt-out (again see HR3400 Republican Substitute Bill.
            Ten Steps to Transform Health Care in America Act (Enzi GOP bill)
            All the above and lots more were incorporated into the bill signed into law by the President. I could go on, but why?
            Facts do matter friend. Don’t be afraid of them.

          12. adbj102 July 24, 2013

            What year are those house bill numbers, and where in the 2500 page bill do I look for them? Also we were told that pelosi added another 500 pages, that aren’t in my copy. God only knows what has been added as the various commitees meet to make more secret law. And of course pork. ALL obama appointees? Bills are numbered and DATED, the numbers being used over again next year I’m assuming yours are 2009? or maybe 2010

          13. Lynda Groom July 24, 2013

            Here a shorty way of educating you on the facts. All these GOP ideas are in the new law.
            1. ‘Let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines.’
            2. ‘Allow individuals, small businesses, and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporation and labor union do.’
            3. ‘Give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs.’
            4. ‘End junk lawsuits.’
            Get it?

        2. RobertCHastings July 18, 2013

          Your “real poll” by your own statement is three years out of date. Don’t you have something a little more current?

      2. ChristoD July 18, 2013

        Folks, dipstick ObozoMustGo is nothing but a classic PePUGnican misinformation nuisance. The best way to deal with ‘it’ is to TOTALLY ignore ‘its’ ignorant, intentionally aggravating, obviously dumb ass. Plain and simple. Just let this ass—- spew his total nonsense and ignore him.

    4. RobertCHastings July 18, 2013

      And your source for that specious “60%” figure is? Once again you have enlightened us with the darkness of ignorance.

    5. ococoob July 18, 2013

      I certainly can use Obamacare in this day and age! I can save over 50% and not get gouged all the time by the insurance companies, doofus!

      1. ObozoMustGo July 19, 2013

        Translation –> You sure could use getting someone else to work to pay your bills that you refuse to do yourself.

        Have a nice day!

        “Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word:
        equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville

        1. ococoob July 19, 2013

          Hey ass! I wasn’t asking anyone to pay for my healthcare as I already pay for it myself. I’m asking for AFFORDABLE healthcare, not GOUGING the consumer for healthcare. How is this called socialism? Isn’t this called competition, a good thing for capitalism? You’re a total idiot for not seeing the difference here, troll!

          1. johnny July 19, 2013

            i speak firsthand on the “affordable” healthcare act – i pay more now than in 2010 and what i have to go through is insane madness- get Obama out of my life he promises much and delivers nothing that USA stands for

          2. ococoob July 19, 2013

            You’re having to to pay more was not the result of Obamacare as it doesn’t take effect until 1/1/14. That’s YOUR insurance company gouging you! I, myself, can’t wait for lower premiums. My own premium is a f*cking mortgage payment!

          3. johnny July 19, 2013

            i am paying more due to Obamacare and the coverage my wife and i get is horrible, if you think you are getting lower premiums no way, oh it will hit in 2014 bigger than ever
            this is a pipe dream handed to us by a dream weaver obama
            my wife has been in the hospital since 2010 six times for open heart surgery and kidney problems due to a disease she got- I KNOW what i am talking about-i have lived it

          4. ococoob July 19, 2013

            You’re paying more for your wife because of her pre-existing conditions as you indicated her hospitalization 6x not because of Obamacare. Effective 1/1/14 being charged for pre-existing would be illegal, THANKS to Obamacare!

          5. johnny July 22, 2013

            she got disease after went into effect there were no preexisting conditions at all
            ocare is an already failed experiment

    6. dpaano July 19, 2013

      Perhaps you aren’t aware that even without ACA, our healthcare costs have gone up each and every year. I know because my employee/employer healthcare plan has gone up at least 3-4% each year (without ACA). People who keep harping about the healthcare plan are stupid if they think that, without ACA, their healthcare will go down…..it will only keep going higher and higher. So, do your thing and don’t believe in what is going to be a good thing…..hopefully, you’ll learn differently once it’s totally in place. In the meantime, get a grip, okay?

      1. johnny July 19, 2013

        i know with passage of obamocare my costs have gone up 45% the year it passed before then no big increases and the hell i have gone through since then no way i am better off and certainly not my wife-it will be proven out just like detroit it will bankrupt- socialism is a failed experiment why can you see the truth for what it is
        i am of the thinking that if you dont do what you were elected for then get out- i dont care GOP or DEM and very few from the top down have done that – smell the coffee professional politicians are the problem not the answer

        1. Lynda Groom July 19, 2013


          1. johnny July 22, 2013

            keep your malarky and whatever else you have

  2. docb July 18, 2013

    I want him to hammer the truth about obstruction daily and tell the truth about how it ,PPACA, is working for millions..Tired and repulsed of the lies from the right wing nuts! They have cost the taxpayer $60 million dollars to obstruct and repeal what is the law of the land. Ignorant little white male baggers!

    1. Fern Woodfork July 20, 2013

      I Hope The American People Are Feed Up With The GOP/Tea Party And Say Enough Is Enough And See That These NRA, Lobbyist, Big Oil And Corporate Owned Thugs Have Been In Offices Long Enough And Start Voting Their Asses Out Come 2014 And Beyond!!! They Have Just been Wasting Our Hard Earn Tax Dollars Doing NOTHING!!!

  3. Lynda Groom July 18, 2013

    I don’t blame the President for being upset at the obfuscation that has taken place. If just a very small portion of that vitriol had been replaced by a modicum of co-operation the implementation of the ACA would be moving along smoothly. My Union, the Teamsters, is asking that the administration make some common-sense corrections to the law. Many of the health plans administered by the unions, and the companies they represent are non-profit plans covered by the Taft-Hartley Act. Under the ACA these non-profits, as interpreted by the administration, will be treated differently and not eligible for subsidies. The unions fear that their members will become second-class and denied the benefits afforded for-profit insurance plans. Also the union non-profits will not receive the same subsidies as for-profits plans; and they’ll be taxed to pay for those subsidies. The unions in question are not against the idea of the law, but certain aspects that they believe may cause their members problems.

  4. charleo1 July 18, 2013

    I support, and admire this President. However, it’s a good thing he’s President
    of The United States. Because as I’ve said before, he’d starve to death trying
    to sell health insurance! God bless him. I wish to heavens, he’d find a salesman.
    Or, even better, a saleswoman! Okay, they passed the bill, and just hung it up
    there, like a pinata. And the GOP having turned into a bunch of four year olds,
    anyway, have done little else except blindfold themselves, and take turns, whacking
    the new hanging healthcare reform law. To be blunt, it’s alway easier to stand on
    the sidelines, and throw spitballs, than it is to actually go to work on some of
    these tough, tough, problems. Republicans, especially in the House, I think have
    decided, instead of trying to do something to put back to work, what is still a lot of people. They have resolved to self idle themselves in sympathy with the unemployed. President Obama needs our support. Because you know, with all the problems he faced when he came into office, no one, except the Republicans would have
    said a word, if he had decided that taking on healthcare, all things considered,
    was just too risky. Wouldn’t have been the first politician that ran on solving
    something or the other. Then, never brought it up again. Vacuous, and false
    claims about ACA are easily made, and the truth takes a lot longer to explain.
    But, it’s there. And, a few kinks? Sure. Like Joe Biden said, well, no sense
    repeating. But it is not the train wreck, or the death panel. It’s already helping
    some very good people. Maybe even one of your neighbors. A good source
    of information! Another good source I’ve found is The Kaiser Group. (My opinion.) No sugar coating. No lies.

    1. Lynda Groom July 18, 2013

      I certainly agree that the Kaiser Group has done a good job of truth telling. They are in the business and one of the major players in the industry in California. Their reports are clear and missing unnecessary hyperbole in explaining health care issues.

  5. bikejedi July 18, 2013

    All the proof anyone needs is that Obama delayed it ( ONLY FOR CORPORATE AMERICA ) because he knew it would cost the Dems seats in the midterms …And notice he didn’t give that delay to the little guy in the middle class . After that , all his bombast is meaningless as he cut his own argument off at the knees .

  6. latebloomingrandma July 18, 2013

    Some how these continuous votes to repeal Obamacare by the Republicans reminds me of the Cheney policy on waterboarding. If the 88th waterboarding didn’t work, maybe that 89th or 90th will.

  7. Eleanore Whitaker July 19, 2013

    In yesterday’s NY Daily News, the headline read: Hundreds of thousands see 50% cut in their healthcare insurance premiums. Now, just why do you suppose all of a sudden the trough feeding HMOs are reducing their rates? And if they are …why now and why not when their greed feeding frenzy was their addiction for the past 3 decades?

    Big Insurance is in deep deep deep doo doo and they know it. They’ve been bilking Americans for 4 or more decades. All they had to do was lie and use fear of bankruptcy to rifle our paychecks. Now, they’ve boxed themselves into a corner as all greedy people always do. They can’t continue to escalate the cost of healthcare without creating the very bankruptcies they used to hogtie Americans into the world’s costliest healthcare. Every day another hospital is found to be fraudulent or another doctor is found to be defrauding Medicare.

    It’s a little too much of a coincidence that the HMOs who so cautiously monitor individual healthcare claims are so virulently remiss in catching fraud at hospitals and medical practices. Or, is it that HMOs know about it and are in on the take?

  8. johnny July 19, 2013

    affordable healthcare act- hardly not my costs have gone up 45% since 2010 and empty promises are all i have to show for it,
    i do not like it nor do i want it and since my wife has been sick i have upclose and personal knowledge of how it does not work

    1. ObozoMustGo July 19, 2013

      now now, johnny… you’re not allowed to tell the truth around this sewer called The Memo. All the useful idiots and leftist freaks in here demand Obozo zombie cheerleaders be the only ones that post. They are badly deceived. I’m just letting you know how it is.

      Have a nice day!

      “Speaking the Truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

    2. adbj102 July 23, 2013

      It doesn’t work here in Fl. too. Our rates have gone up about 200%…..so far, more next year, on those plans up for renewal. But the illegals are beginning to swarm into the free healthcare services, Just starting, Next the insurance companies will declare losses and begin rationing!!! But the law only allows them to ration those PAYING, Guaranteed unlimited free healthcare if you refuse to identify yourself! Huh? this is crazy!

  9. ridemybroom July 20, 2013

    Ride My Broom to OBama…. Martin/Zimmerman case
    Get Over It !


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