Posted on 28 July 2017
Early this morning the Senate narrowly rejected a bill which would begin to roll back the protections of the ACA, or Obamacare, with a vote of 49-51. Obama’s spokesperson, Kevin Lewis, released former president Obama’s thoughts on the vote:
“The Affordable Care Act has always been about something bigger than politics -- it's about the character of our country. It's about the 20 million Americans and counting who've gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance, and the tens of millions more who benefited from upgrades like free preventive care, such as mammograms and vaccines and improvements in the quality of care in hospitals that have averted more than 100,000 deaths so far. It's about the dreams protected, and the untold misery and ruin prevented.
"Today, it remains that way because of everyone who mobilized, organized and made their voices heard. The Affordable Care Act has made America stronger and healthier, but there will always be more work to do. President Obama has always said we should build on this law, just as members of both parties worked together to improve Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid over the years. President Obama still believes that it is possible for Congress to demonstrate the necessary bipartisanship and political courage to keep delivering on the promise of quality, affordable health insurance for every American.”