But, it will forever be Obamacare to me.
There are those who criticize President Obama for spending so much political capital in getting the ACA passed. But, they want to pretend that things weren’t as bad as they were, when it comes to healthcare in this country. I remember. The absolute terror if you didn’t have medical insurance and what that meant.
Medical expenses were out of control, and if we didn’t get a handle on that sector of the American economy, we wouldn’t be able to resolve other issues.
Obamacare was a game changer. Is it perfect? Of course, not. Could it have been designed better? Yes. But look at the large number of bad actors that 44 and Speaker PELOSI and Senator Reid had to deal with…..🤬🤬🤬
And, I don’t mean just the fact that there was NO ASSISTANCE FROM REPUBLICANS.
And, that there were a number of absolutely bullshyt Democrats – looking at you Max Baucus and Joe Lieberman.
Everytime I think about how Medicare would already be lowered to 55, and how it would have been in place and the norm for a DECADE..
and how many lives that would have helped and change?
Yeah, phuck Joe Lieberman.
Obamacare is the only expansion of the American Social Safety Net that DID NOT have – in its original design – the EXCLUSION of a huge swath of the American populace.
It took the Roberts Court to do that with that Medicaid bullshyt.
Saw this comment on Balloon Juice:
SEPTEMBER 7, 2023 AT 8:26 AM
Obama may be the greatest president I will ever see in my lifetime, for the ACA (not just that, but that alone could put him over the top). Working with my clients both before and after, it’s hard to convey how afraid they were. There were years of fear about capital investments. But it’s worked. And psychiatric health care access has increased dramatically.
Fun fact: the ACA requires mental health care services to be covered in ACA plans. There’s been a significant increase in the number of behavioral hospital beds because of it. This never gets reported, but never forget that Obama and the Democrats are the reason we have psychiatric care in this country outside of expensive rehabs for celebrities, and shitty county hospitals that you get sent to by court order.
I can’t explain how much of an absolute game changer this is.
Obamacare was always intended to be the foundation. The building block. And, every year, we need to do things to improve it. But, it was a remarkable achievement.
Every President since Theodore Roosevelt tried for some sort of nationalized healthcare. And, all of them failed.
Until President Barack Obama.
For more than a decade, the Affordable Care Act has been saving lives. Now we know that it’s also helped save taxpayers trillions of dollars that would have raised the deficit. That’s what change looks like. https://t.co/YfxfimIDAn
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 6, 2023
Super good news here. And another reason the Affordable Care Act is such a success: its wonkiest policies on payment reform generated huge savings https://t.co/AYzYztIQGe
— Neera Tanden🌻 (@neeratanden) September 5, 2023
Did you know that from 2020 (Trump) to 2022 (Biden) enrollment in the ACA increased by 49% for Black people and 53% for Latinos.
As a reminder Trump and Republicans in congress wanted to repeal the ACA aka Obamacare. It survived thanks to McCains 👎🏻 pic.twitter.com/7GQny7JbVG
— Candidly Tiff (@tify330) September 1, 2023
Obamacare was so effective that people today simply do not believe the things that happened before it. https://t.co/NmcI5gIaCm
— Not up for trouble, please stop asking (@agraybee) September 4, 2023
once again I think people with little memory of the 2000s simply do not understand how big of a deal Obamacare was and how it eclipsed every single accomplishment of the Clinton presidency in magnitude, impact, and scope. https://t.co/XDARdaCZrn
— Lakshya Jain (@lxeagle17) September 5, 2023
Obamacare ( ACA) is the single biggest deficit reduction bill passed in the past decade. It has shaved $3.9 TRILLION off the deficit. No one really knows why. Democrats need to be all over this. https://t.co/CJduoYC5nP
— Joel Montfort (@jmontforttx) September 5, 2023