Democrats used the opening night of their national convention to pitch the healthcare law's benefits to a national television audience and turn the law into a political asset as the presidential campaign moves into its final weeks.
President Barack Obama pushed for enactment of the 2010 healthcare overhaul “because he believes that here in America, our grandparents should be able to afford their medicine; our kids should be able to see a doctor when they're sick; and no one in this country should ever go broke because of an accident or illness,” first lady Michelle Obama said.
Mrs. Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius were among many speakers who highlighted a range of popular provisions in the law, some of which have gone into effect and others which have not yet done so. Those included tax credits to small businesses to help cover the cost of workers' insurance and coverage for the uninsured on coming health insurance exchanges.
“Republicans may see Romneycare as a scarlet letter, but for Democrats, Obamacare is a badge of honor,” Sebelius said.