President Barack Obama’s signature legislation was the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The healthcare bill was nicknamed “Obamacare” in honor of him, and now he returns for a special event.
President Obama’s mother died of cancer, and he recalled her working to get the insurance companies hustling even as she lay dying. That may have generated the importance of legislation guaranteeing healthcare for all, signed into law in 2010.
In addition to the two Democratic presidents, Vice President Kamala Harris will also speak at the event. This will be the first time that President Obama has returned to the White House, CNN reported.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, members of President Biden’s Cabinet, along with others who worked on the legislation will be there, too, according to NBC News.
President Biden intends to further improve the ACA by lessening medical expenses and broadening access to healthcare.
Trump did everything within his power to erase all that his predecessor accomplished while he was in office. And the GOP did everything they could to make ACA go away, including defunding the program’s plan to educate the public about how to sign up. The Trump-heavy Supreme Court dismissed the legislators’ attack on it.
As the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated 14.6 million people lost their company’s health insurance, according to NBC News. President Obama said:
‘Joe Biden, we did this together. We always talked about how if we could get the principle of universal coverage established, we could then build on it.’
Founder of Protect Our Care Leslie Dach represented the liberal group whose goal it has been to guard Obamacare. She told CNN:
‘Health care is the kitchen table issue for most Americans, both because of cost and because of what it means to go through life without coverage. We are now at a time this year when people needed the ACA more than ever, and years of studies have shown how its coverage has [a] positive impact on people’s health, life expectancy, and the ability to get a job. And yet for purely partisan or ideological reasons, people are trying to take it apart.’
The Obamas probably will return as White House guests when both of their formal portraits are undraped.
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