“Well, I don't know that his mood has changed appreciably since it was fully expected to happen,” Carney said, about the high court's review. “But he feels very confident that the Affordable Care Act will be upheld as constitutional, the individual mandate, and that implementation will continue apace as it has…and very pleased to see that tangible benefits from the act are already being felt by the American people.”
Carney went on to tout the findings of a Kaiser survey this week that more than 2 million young adults are on their parents' insurance because of provisions of the Affordable Care Act. (Kaiser officials noted that their survey did not determine the extent to which these young adults already were covered by other insurance before switching to their parents' policies.) Earlier in the same briefing, Carney touted the law's promise of ultimately insuring about 30 million more Americans.
But the exchanges over the healthcare law demonstrated that the administration's defensiveness over the law is not limited to Republican opponents but also comes in response to criticism from liberals, many of whom were disappointed that the law lacked provisions they sought.
“There are certainly people who support healthcare reform very passionately who feel that it wasn't perfect,” Carney said. “And I think his point, the point that he's making is that we cannot let perfection—the failure to reach absolutely—get everything that we want shadow or overshadow the fact that great things have been accomplished.”
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