President to tout Obamacare benefits
May 9th, 2013
08:00 PM ET
1 year ago

President to tout Obamacare benefits

(CNN) – The Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010 but still the focus of intense Republican scorn, will get a boost from its champion President Barack Obama on Friday at an event singling out the law's benefits for women.

His remarks, to be delivered at the White House, will be made alongside women and families the White House says are already benefiting from the measure, which has become known as Obamacare. The event is pegged to Mother's Day.

"Mothers are the Number One validator for the young and uninsured and will be critical in the effort to encourage their kids to enroll for insurance in the fall," a White House official said. "The audience for the event is comprised of representatives from women's organizations that will help amplify the benefits of the ACA for women and help us communicate with millions of women the benefits that are now available to them and their families."

Those benefits include better access to mammograms and birth control, as well as new measures allowing children to remain on their parents' health insurance up to age 26, the White House said.

The health care law, considered one of Obama's most substantial first-term achievements, has long been challenged by Republicans as unconstitutional and bad for small businesses.

The Supreme Court heard challenges to the law last year and upheld it by a 5-4 vote, deeming its key individual mandate, which requires most Americans to obtain health insurance or face a tax penalty, constitutional.

That decision also paved the way for the law to take effect next year.

Yet, Republicans have vowed to continue fighting the law. The House will hold its 37th vote to repeal Obamacare next week, though its demise is unlikely with a Democrat-controlled Senate and White House.

"We've got 70 new members that have not had the opportunity to vote on the president's health care law. Frankly, they've been asking for an opportunity to vote on it and we're going to give it to them," House Speaker John Boehner said at his weekly press conference on Thursday. "I want to repeal the law of the land."

Some GOP governors have also opposed the law's expansion of Medicaid, refusing federal dollars to implement the expansion in their states.

But Republicans aren't the only ones who have problems with Obamacare – Sen. Max Baucus, a key Democrat who helped craft the law, voiced serious concerns in April about its rollout.

"The administration's public information campaign on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act deserves a failing grade. You need to fix this," Baucus told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a hearing last month.

"I just see a huge train wreck coming down," he added later.

The administration has been open to making the law easier to implement, including shortening applications for health insurance on government-run exchanges from 21 pages to three.

Recent polls show Americans are as split as Washington over the law.

A January CNN/ORC survey showed that 51% favor most or all of the proposals while 44% oppose most or all elements of the law. Those numbers are reversed from 2011, when only 45% were in favor and 51% opposed.


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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    51% now approve. People are waking up.

    May 9, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. Guest

    Fight this law until it is dead in the ground!

    May 9, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Well the gop is the focus of intense scorn from most of the country and they will see it clearly after the 2014 mid terms .Obama care pass both houses of congress and the supreme court . Who care if the gop morons don't like it ,to bad they listen to their own bs and propaganda and all the southern brain dead gop states will have to play catch up and pay more in the end while their voters get sub standard health care, bachmann ,head moron. The gop is to stupid to govern,maybe in somila .

    May 9, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. Patriot

    Ahh yes – jobs, healthcare, 20 milllion illegals; a quick-fire recipe for the demise of the nation!

    May 9, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. Thomas

    I don't see Mark Sanford next to Nancy ?

    May 9, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. Cephus

    I will salute you for that

    May 9, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. HenryMiller

    "President to tout Obamacare benefits"

    And do his best to conceal the trillions of bucks it's going to cost.

    That's a form of lying.

    May 9, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    Whole bunch of people are benefiting from this law–pathetic idiots of GOP can not comprehend nor admit this truth.

    May 9, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  9. JustAnotherComment

    Mr. President, don't forget to wear a train conductor's hat. Also, please mention the number of people who have already had their work hours reduced to 29 instead of full-time because of Obamacare. Thank you.

    May 9, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. Al

    Obamacare, nothing more than a reason to raise taxes more than any other President in the history of the United States. It might be a good thing if the fine was removed and enforcement to pay for the service. Oh wait that's the way it is right now and the losers still can't pay their way for medical service.

    May 9, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. Lynn

    Reason everyone is split is the fact we were promised it was only going to cost 500 billion but now just under 3 months its up to over 700 billion. My question is where will it stop and what happens when they run out of money? Heres another point Obamacare is so restrictive that you cantt get a doctor to see you under it. If doctors will not accept the insurance then what good is it?

    May 9, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. Ed1

    Let everyone know it now will cost 1.8 trillion from 900 billion and has anyone read the bill yet.

    From what I see it's a train wreck waiting to happen all because it was passed and nobody ever read the bill you can't fix stupid vothe the bums out of office and take our Country back.

    May 9, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  13. andi lee

    If it is good enough for the American people, it is good enough for congress and the White House. Executive Order that!

    May 9, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein

    This is an example of the market needing a correction. Whoever said that the market can correct itself is full of it because it won't do that in most cases.

    May 9, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. U.S. Citizen

    Pushing the Statist Bible.

    May 9, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  16. Zerubbabel

    37 votes to repeal the PPACA, what a waste of time and money. The PPACA has already proved how it can save money on health care spending. Since its inception it has been a factor in reducing the yearly double digit rise of healthcare costs to 3 percent. This in turn greatly assists with the fastest deficit reduction since WW2 by lowering the costs of medicare/medicaid and increasing tax revenue. Imagine that, universal healthcare and taming the deficit. President Obama is such a contrast of competence from GWB. How heartless can one be not to want a fellow human being to have medical care?

    May 9, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  17. dixie

    This is a mess we can't afford and do not want. What do we need to do so Washington hears? They don't read the blogs or this would not even be an issue.

    May 9, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  18. Indeigrl

    Tens of millions of premium jacked, exchange dumped, tax hiked, individual mandated, cut to 29 hours voters will blow Democrats' hair back next year.

    May 10, 2013 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  19. Getoverit

    Obamacare "benefits" have increased my cost 30%. I guess it "benefits" someone else.

    May 10, 2013 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  20. removeobamafromofficenow!

    Amen. This is not a law I want at all in fact it is a joke andproof that obama is a socialist tyrant

    May 10, 2013 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  21. Justin G

    Healthcare premiums up 100%, prescription drug prices skyrocketing, Med schools reporting all time low, Don't know many doctors that like the ideo of doubling or tripling the daily patient count and get paid less since the gov't will dictate pay. Med mistakes and Mishaps will go by at least 50% as medical personnel will be rushing and overlooking problems. Thank you thank you thank you Obama for ruining healthcare in America. Thank you

    May 10, 2013 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  22. Legal Permit to Carry

    15,000 pages of toilet paper...

    May 10, 2013 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  23. Sarah/VA

    I dont understand,what human being in his or her right mind would'nt want health care,or is it because is Obama who signed it into law?i nearly died without healthcare

    May 10, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  24. Richard Long

    - One of the chief architects, Senator Max Baucus stated that ObamaCare was going to be a train wreck
    - Several Representatives and Senators admit that ObamaCare will result in higher premiums instead of the rates projected by the bil
    - Medical technology companies have dropped thousands of people into the unemployment pool because of ObamaCare taxes
    l- Less than a dozen states have implemented the marketplaces
    - Employers are dropping full-time positions as to avoid ObamaCare
    - $115 million is being spent to 'educate' people how to sign up for the convoluted program

    When ObamaCare goes into effect next year, we all lose.

    May 10, 2013 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  25. joe

    I dont trust obama or obamacare

    May 10, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |