White House celebrates anniversary of Affordable Care Act

Biden aims criticism at GOP: "Saving lives doesn't mean much to our Republican friends."

Photo by Nancy Pelosi on Flickr / CC BY 2.0

On Thursday, President Biden marked the 13th anniversary of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). He expressed gratitude for President Obama, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Vice President Kamala Harris for their leadership.

“The Affordable Care Act has been law for 13 years. It has developed deep roots in this country. It has become a critical part of providing healthcare and saving lives. We always talk about the costs, but it saves lives as well,” said Biden.

Biden quipped that saving lives “doesn’t mean much to our Republican friends.” He added, “Even now, MAGA Republicans in Congress are intent on repealing the ACA when it’s clear it would have a devastating impact on the American people.”

“Nearly 70 million people, most of whom are seniors, people with disabilities and with children, would lose critical services. Rural Americans’ hospitals would lose funding they need to keep the doors open. Millions affected by the opioid epidemic would lose access to drug treatment,” said Biden on the effect repealing the ACA would have on Medicaid.

The President criticized House Republicans for not releasing their budget on the 9th while promising that his budget would build on the progress of the Affordable Care Act.

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