Access for "every American" to affordable, high-quality health insurance has joined the opportunity for jobs, college and retirement as part of the American dream, President Barack Obama told healthcare advocates in Washington. And that change was due to enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 10 months ago.
Access to coverage part of American dream: Obama
“This is making a real difference to families' access to healthcare across this country as we speak,” Obama said in a speech before the annual meeting of Families USA.
Republicans have countered such assertions of universal access under the new law by highlighting the fact that even its supporters acknowledge it will leave millions of Americans without insurance.
Obama praised the positive impacts of the law he championed but repeated his willingness to consider some “tweaks,” including “patient-safety innovations” and medical-malpractice reforms. However, Obama maintained that he will not “move backward” by allowing repeal or replacement of significant parts of the law.
The president's address on the law came despite the administration and congressional Democrats this week calling for federal officials to pivot away from refighting healthcare reform and toward initiatives that lower the unemployment rate and cut the national debt. Republicans—and some Democrats—plan numerous bills to change all or some parts of the healthcare law.
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