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Affordable Care Act

“In this week’s address, the President called the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act a victory for hardworking Americans across the country, whose lives are more secure because of this law.”




Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address

The White House
June 27, 2015


Five years ago, we finally declared that in America, health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for all.  And this week, after more than fifty votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law; after a Presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law; after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court, we can now say this for certain: the Affordable Care Act still stands, it is working, and it is here to stay.

On Thursday, when the Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act, it was a victory for hardworking Americans all across this country whose lives are more secure because of this law.  This law means that if you’re a parent, you can keep your kids on your plan until they turn 26.  If you’re a senior, or an American with a disability, this law gives you discounts on your prescriptions. You can’t be charged more just because you’re a woman.  And you can’t be discriminated against just for having a pre-existing condition.

This law is working exactly as it’s supposed to – and in some ways, better than we expected it to. So far more than 16 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage.  Nearly one in three Americans who was uninsured a few years ago is insured today.  The uninsured rate in America is the lowest since we began to keep such records.

The law has helped hold the price of health care to its slowest growth in 50 years.  If your family gets insurance through the workplace, not through the Affordable Care Act, you’re paying about $1,800 less per year on average than you would be if trends before this law had continued – which is good for workers and it’s good for the economy.

The point is, this is not some abstract political debate.  For all the misinformation campaigns, and doomsday predictions; for all the talk of death panels and job destruction; for all the repeal attempts – this law is helping tens of millions of Americans.  This isn’t just about Obamacare.  This is health care in America.

With this case behind us, we’re going to keep working to make health care in America even better and more affordable, and to get more people covered.  But it is time to stop refighting battles that have been settled again and again.  It’s time to move on.

Because as Americans, we don’t go backwards, we move forwards.  We take care of each other.  We root for one another’s success.  We strive to do better, to be better, than the generation before us, and we try to build something better for the generation coming behind us.  With this behind us, let’s come together and keep building something better right now.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.


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11 Comments for President Obama's Weekly Address: Affordable Care Act
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  2. Kory Abel Kory Abel says:

    Obamas a better president than you oh nvm your not the president and you’ll never be!

  3. Yep! 9 million out of 13 mil. Are subsidized plus they aren’t verifying their income to qualify. Tax payer gets it again plus the middle class has higher premiums and deductibles to pay for them too. Big changes are coming in 16 I hope.

    • I wouldn’t hold our breaths. Republicans are democrat lite lately

    • No the republicans just have a tougher “row to hoe” so to speak. Look at Bernie and Hillary and know the dumb republicans that voted for Obama won’t be that stupid again. If they had voted for Romney the country would be celebrating a better economy bp not gay marriage that unconstitutional. We have some great people running, if we can get young people to go vote!

  4. Barb Green Barb Green says:

    But health care isn’t affordable if you must subsidize it. I believe all should have health care just not at my expense and when it lines the pockets of big business health care providers.

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