Just ahead of Mother's Day, President Barack Obama on Friday spoke from the White House about the ways his signature healthcare law will help millions of American women and their families.
“In a country as wealthy as this one, there was no reason why a family's security should be determined by the chance of an illness or an accident,” said the president, flanked by women who had written to him about how the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has affected them. “We decided to do something about it.”
The president told a few stories about the women who appeared with him at the event, including Carol Metcalf, who introduced him. Metcalf was there with her grown son, Justin, who she said has a rare disease and is also a traumatic brain injury survivor. Metcalf said “a huge worry was lifted” when the Affordable Care Act allowed her son to stay on her family insurance plan.
Obama ticked off a list of the law's accomplishments and said there is more work to do in the coming months to make sure that more Americans can buy affordable coverage. He also reiterated an earlier message he gave last week when he said that about 85% of Americans who have insurance are already benefitting from the law's provisions, while the tens of millions without insurance will be able to compare prices and shop from an array of plans when open enrollment begins this October. He also said there will be hiccups and mistakes—as well as misinformation about the law until the next Election Day—as implementation continues.