Reeling Republicans Rocked As Obama Vows To Expand Obamacare And Cover More People

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More bad news for Republicans. President Obama announced today that he planned to go on offense and continue working to expand the reach of Obamacare to cover more Americans.

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The President said:

Five years ago, we finally declared that in America, health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for all. And this week, after more than fifty votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law; after a Presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law; after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court, we can now say this for certain: the Affordable Care Act still stands, it is working, and it is here to stay.

On Thursday, when the Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act, it was a victory for hardworking Americans all across this country whose lives are more secure because of this law. This law means that if you’re a parent, you can keep your kids on your plan until they turn 26. If you’re a senior, or an American with a disability, this law gives you discounts on your prescriptions. You can’t be charged more just because you’re a woman. And you can’t be discriminated against just for having a pre-existing condition.

This law is working exactly as it’s supposed to – and in some ways, better than we expected it to. So far more than 16 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage. Nearly one in three Americans who was uninsured a few years ago is insured today. The uninsured rate in America is the lowest since we began to keep such records.

The law has helped hold the price of health care to its slowest growth in 50 years. If your family gets insurance through the workplace, not through the Affordable Care Act, you’re paying about $1,800 less per year on average than you would be if trends before this law had continued – which is good for workers and it’s good for the economy.

The point is, this is not some abstract political debate. For all the misinformation campaigns, and doomsday predictions; for all the talk of death panels and job destruction; for all the repeal attempts – this law is helping tens of millions of Americans. This isn’t just about Obamacare. This is health care in America.

With this case behind us, we’re going to keep working to make health care in America even better and more affordable, and to get more people covered. But it is time to stop refighting battles that have been settled again and again. It’s time to move on.

Because as Americans, we don’t go backwards, we move forwards. We take care of each other. We root for one another’s success. We strive to do better, to be better, than the generation before us, and we try to build something better for the generation coming behind us. With this behind us, let’s come together and keep building something better right now.

President Obama isn’t going to sit back and enjoy his administration’s victory. Obama is looking to expand the reach of the law by getting more people covered. The President can do this by aggressively promoting the law. He doesn’t need Congress, or a new piece of legislation.

The administration has been quietly at work trying to persuade those states that haven’t expanded Medicaid to do so. The President can use the platform of the presidency to aggressively promote the law.

The political battlefield has shifted from President Obama and Democrats defending the law to Republicans being knocked back on their heels as healthcare in the United States is changing forever.

President Obama is moving forward, and the Republican Party’s bad week just got a whole lot worse.

18 Replies to “Reeling Republicans Rocked As Obama Vows To Expand Obamacare And Cover More People”

  1. It is heartening and uplifting to see a president who’s supposed to be in “lame duck” status actually outsmarting and triumphing over a party that was so invested in making him a failure. It’s obvious that he has been energized by his victories that are also victories for millions of Americans. It’s hilarious to observe the fact that Republicans are incapable of governing partly because of all the nutcases in their ranks and partly because their ideology is stale and reactionary. That’s in spite of their numerical superiority in both the Senate and the House.

  2. That would be so awesome if he/they could figure out a way to convince or force these dickheaded governors to accept the Medicaid expansion. People literally are dying in these states over this.

    Me, I feel constantly like I’m just waiting for the ball to drop on my head. So far, so good, but one major health issue and it could be very bad. I live in Texas, and based on my age, I would need to pay $600-700 a month right now, which there is no way I can afford. Not old enough for Medicare (60), and don’t qualify for Medicaid (single, no dependents).

    Millions of us are tired of being the pawns for these rigid thinking sociopaths like Perry and Abbott and Scott, etc. They don’t give one rat’s arse if thousands of people die, as long as they can keep on hating.

  3. The GOP must feel deeply betrayed by their own Supreme Court! Huckabee called them “Imperialistic.” So when the Court does what they want, it’s democracy at work. When it does, they are doing the work of Emperor/King/dictator/Communist/Fascists….Barracks Obama.

    Have you ever seen such backstabbing? They have rebelled against their own Court!

  4. As I saw in one article on Daily Kos this am.
    Whoever follows this president is going to have some big shoes to fill!

  5. It kinda cracks me up that the very people who have been fighting against Obamacare are the same ones who came up with the nickname, with the idea that it was going to flop and he’d get the blame. Now, everybody refers to it as Obamacare rather than the ACA, and it becomes a big part of his legacy.

  6. With all the victories piling up, there’s no sense in resting on your laurels at this moment.

    Keep pushing ahead… because the best defense is a strong offense.

  7. The republicans have done NOTHING, NOTHING AT ALL to help the U.S. in the past 55 years since Eisenhower.

    Since World War II, Republicans have presided over nine recessions; before that they had two recessions and one Great Depression in the 1920s. In the same period, Democrats have had two recessions.

    Of those, the one under Jimmy Carter was the shortest and mildest of them all and caused more by the oil embargo following the Iranian revolution. The recession under Harry Truman came when government spending was slashed about 60% following the war, about 10 million Americans lost their jobs by being discharged from the military and civilian support jobs, and much of the economy shut down to convert from wartime production to peacetime production. In spite of those conditions, Truman produced more new jobs than all of the GOP presidents except Ronald Reagan. And Reagan got his results from increasing spending by 69% and the debt by 188%.

  8. President Obama, and his scandal free administration will set the new standard for all presidents / admins henceforth.

    In the end my guy came through like i knew he would. Never gave up on him. Shame on all of you who didn’t vote in 2010. We could have done so much more.

    Let this be a lesson in how to take the long look.

  9. The death toll from blocking Medicaid expansion
    Six of the 10 states with the highest number of estimated deaths are in the South:
    1. Texas (1,840 to 3,035 deaths)
    2. Florida (1,158 to 2,221 deaths)
    4. Georgia (561 to 1,176 deaths)
    5. North Carolina (455 to 1,145 deaths)
    6. Virginia (266 to 987 deaths)
    7. Tennessee (284 to 759 deaths)
    The other states with the highest expected death tolls are Pennsylvania in third place and Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin in eighth, ninth and 10th places respectively.
    http://www.southernstudies.org/2014/01/the-death-toll-from-blocking-medicaid-expansion.html

  10. They’re children who are happy when things go THEIR way, but STOMP their feet and WHINE when things don’t go their way.

    They’ve ALL failed basic HS civics when I learned about the checks and balances of the 3 branches of our government.

    Obamacare is the LAW of the land and SCOTUS has deemed it CONSTITUTIONAL 2 TIMES NOW. The tea bag governors/legislaters, and those who voted them in, will have BLOOD on their hands as people die without healthcare.

  11. Your statement makes me cry! We are all his ppl! No matter what our background! And he is fighting for our best interest!

  12. MY BROTHER, THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMANDER AND CHIEF IS SETTING IT OFF! I OWE YOU PEOPLE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! FOR THE NEXT SIXTEEN MONTHS OR SO, I HAVE COME TO REALIZE THAT YOU HATE ME, BUT I LOVE THE UNTIED STATES OF AMERICA AND WILL GO DOWN THAT WAY! YOU ARE THE PEOPLE AND I AM YOUR COMMANDER AND CHIEF! I LOVE YOU PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA AND ALL THAT YOU BRING TO THE TABLE!

  13. The VOTERS need to make their voices heard. They’ve elected and re-elected these rethuglicans who DO NOT work for their constituents. They need to get a clue and reject the BS talking points of the right.

  14. Huckabee just tried to claim on This Week that religious freedom was taken away after the recent SCOTUS decisions. I find it ironic that he doesn’t have a problem with denying people’s the CIVIL rights.

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