President Obama has urged the American public to press the Republican-led Congress not to abandon gains in insurance coverage and access to health care that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has brought. The health care law is the key domestic achievement of his presidency—and a main target of President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican majority in Congress.
Obama made his remarks on Facebook Live in front of a White House fireplace with Christmas decorations.
“If you haven’t gotten covered, now is the time to do it,” he said, noting that December 15 is the deadline for people to have insurance at the start of 2017.
Obama administration officials have contended that a strong enrollment would demonstrate support for the PPACA and act as a buffer against its repeal.
“Don’t let Republicans in Congress” take away the act’s most-popular features, Obama said. “Tell them, ‘We want to build on the progress we’ve made, not abandon it.’”
Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to make repeal of the PPACA one of his top priorities once he takes office. He recently chose House Budget Committee chairman Tom Price (R–Georgia), a vehement critic of the act, as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Source: Washington Post; December 3, 2016.