The Affordable Care Act has not completely fixed our long broken healthcare system, but this law has made our healthcare system a lot better… a lot better! All told, because of this law, millions of our fellow citizens know the economic security of health insurance, who didn’t just a few years ago. That is something to be proud of. Regardless of your politics, or your feelings about me, or your feelings about this law, that is something that is good for our economy, good for our country. And there’s no reason to go back.

– President Barack Obama; April 1, 2014

Speaking with passion and conviction, President Obama announced Tuesday at the Rose Garden that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for healthcare under the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act. This number, however, does not represent all of the people who have gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act. According to President Obama, “that’s on top of the more than three million young adults who gained insurance under this law by staying on their family’s plan. That’s on top of the millions more who have gained access through Medicaid expansion and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.”


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President Obama said that this law has led to an increase in the number of insured Americans and a decrease in the growth of insurance costs. Premiums rise every year and have continued to do so. However, premiums for family health insurance plans have risen more slowly under the Affordable Care Act than any other time within the last 50 years.


Radiating with a look of success, President Obama stated that these first six months of the healthcare exchange under the Affordable Care Act have taken a big step forward in making coverage available to all Americans, regardless of pre-existing conditions. Despite this law, he recognized that millions of Americans remain uncovered. President Obama attributed this lapse of coverage to  Republican leaders, saying that coverage is less complete than it could be, “in part, because governors in some states for political reasons have deliberately refused to expand coverage under this law. But we’re going to work on that, and we will work to get more Americans with each passing year.”


President Obama also directly addressed the skeptics of the Affordable Care Act, arguing that many of the arguments against the law were unwarranted and have been falsified. “This law is doing what it is supposed to do … the debate over repealing this law is over,” Obama says, “The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”


The President recognizes that that the law is not perfect. He knows it has its flaws, and that there will be problems with implementing the law and maintaining the website again in the future. However, he says, the idea that everybody in this country can get decent health care is achievable, and the United States is on its way to achieving it.


What do you think? Have you benefited from the Affordable Care Act? Do you disagree with it? Leave a comment below or tweet me @dannystevens91 with your thoughts!