Obama: 'Aggravating' To See Continued Attempts To Rollback Health Care

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 21, 2017

Defending his health care reforms ahead of another repeal vote in the Republican-controlled Congress that could take place as soon as next week, Obama said his healthcare legislation is not flawless but that "people are alive today because of it".

He said there are people in other countries trying to understand "what's the controversy here", adding, "I am too".

Meanwhile, Republicans assert that Obamacare has led to increased premiums and destabilised the individual markets for health insurance.

In a Wednesday morning tweet, President Donald Trump called the Graham-Cassidy bill "GREAT!" and said he hopes Republican senators will vote for it.

Obama said when faced with addressing a global issue, he received backlash for claiming the United States could not address the problem alone.

"Rand Paul is a friend of mine", Trump said, "but he is such a negative force when it comes to fixing health care".

Republican opponents are threading a narrow path to repeal, with only a 52-48 majority in the Senate. Obama says the federal government wasn't as engaged in environmental efforts as he'd like.

Obama spoke at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's "Goalkeepers" event and never mentioned Trump and Republicans by name, but he touted the efforts of both politicians and citizens to pass the Affordable Care Act, saying people were alive today because of it.

"The legislation that we passed was full of things that still need to be fixed; it wasn't flawless, but it was better". "It frustrates", Obama said. He noted that there is no " demonstrable economic, actuarial, or even human rationale for pushing such a bill". "It's certainly frustrating to have to mobilize every couple of months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents".

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