President Barack Obama is expected to confront the Republican-controlled Congress with the achievements of his signature healthcare reform legislation when he lays out his vision for the final two years of his presidency during Tuesday's State of the Union Address.
Between 8 million and 10 million Americans gained insurance coverage because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion and the subsidies now available through the state and federal exchanges.
And while last year's State of the Union speech was clouded by the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, the second open-enrollment season, which ends Feb. 15, has proceeded with few technological glitches and steady enrollment. The most recent tally from the CMS indicated that 6.8 million individuals—both new and returning customers—had signed up for 2015 coverage through Jan. 9.
“I'm sure he'll crow about the economy and I'm sure he'll crow about the healthcare law,” said Theda Skocpol, a political science professor at Harvard University who tracks healthcare issues. “He's got a very good story to tell.”