Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act

President Obama 2Here are a couple key passages from President Obama’s remarks yesterday on the Affordable Care Act.  The main message – that our system before the ACA simply didn’t work and that we need to replace it with real reform and not just empty rhetoric. [If you want great examples of people helped by the ACA in just the last few days in North Carolina see here and here. ]

“And for too long, few things left working families more vulnerable to the anxieties and insecurities of today’s economy than a broken health care system. So we took up the fight because we believe that, in America, nobody should have to worry about going broke just because somebody in their family or they get sick. We believe that nobody should have to choose between putting food on their kids’ table or taking them to see a doctor. We believe we’re a better country than a country where we allow, every day, 14,000 Americans to lose their health coverage; or where every year, tens of thousands of Americans died because they didn’t have health care; or where out-of-pocket costs drove millions of citizens into poverty in the wealthiest nation on Earth. We thought we were better than that, and that’s why we took this on.”


“We will make it work for all Americans. If you don’t like this law — so, if despite all the millions of people who are benefitting from it, you still think this law is a bad idea then you’ve got to tell us specifically what you’d do differently to cut costs, cover more people, make insurance more secure. You can’t just say that the system was working with 41 million people without health insurance. You can’t just say that the system is working when you’ve got a whole bunch of folks who thought they had decent insurance and then when they got sick, it turned out it wasn’t there for them or they were left with tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs that were impossible for them to pay.”


  1. Alex

    December 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    This is a great article on what is actually happening with Obamacare !


  2. RJ

    December 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Alex, I don’t think you’re going to have much success persuading this blog’s readers by linking to an “article” written by Ed Morrissey. You couldn’t find anything on Twitchy that was more enlightening?.

  3. GOP Rules

    December 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I will follow up Alex with one more on various talking points too. Things are not looking to rosy. Click through to some of the linked articles too. Great stuff unless you consider the fact that the country is in for some terrible times ahead from this thing.


  4. Frances Jenkins

    December 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. People who have lost their coverage may not be able to sign up before the deadline. What doctors and hospitals are included? If you support this plan, you should sit on a burnt stump.

  5. Frances Jenkins

    December 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. People who have lost their coverage may not be able to sign up before the deadline. What doctors and hospitals are included? If you support this plan, you should sit on a burnt stump.

  6. Jim Wiseman

    December 4, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    We’ll only have to choose between putting food on our table and paying our taxes. who do you think is going to pay for all this?

  7. RJ

    December 4, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    So GOPRules doubles down with another “article” by Ben Domenech? Do y’all have any idea how silly this makes y’all look? Eh, probably not…

  8. Alex

    December 5, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Obama can talk all he wants to but there is no way to put lipstick on this pig !

  9. Jim Wiseman

    December 5, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I have an idea. Stop lying about it!

  10. GOP Rules

    December 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Not anywhere near as “silly” as liberals look when spouting the lies Domenech debunks. As Alex said, all the lies in the world are not going to overcome the harsh reality this oppressive law is forcing on everyone.

  11. RJ

    December 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    GOP Rules, are you referring to Ben Domenech as a reliable source of, well, anything?

    Funny, I remember him as the young guy who parlayed his Republican speech-writing gig into a blog spot at the Washington Post in 2006. That job lasted all of THREE DAYS until he quit-before-he-got-fired because he was a serial plagiarizer. The National Review also threw him under the bus and wrote that Domenech had plagiarized on articles he’d written for it. Domenech denied using others’ works but later admitted it, I guess after he no longer had plausible deniability.

    Oh, and also that time his articles got taken down after it was discovered that he’d been indirectly paid by the Malaysian government to write them and didn’t disclose his monetary interest. That happened earlier this year, showing that the only lesson he’s learned about integrity is that there’s a sucker born every minute.

    How many minutes ago were you born, GOP Rules?

  12. LayintheSmakDown

    December 5, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Looks like Domench is on the same level as the typical leftist/progresso “journalist”. Maybe he can get a job here at the watch what with similar credentials as the “journalists” around here he would fit right in.

  13. Alan

    December 5, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I so LOOOOOOOVE Obamacare! Way to go Mr. President!

    And the countdown to GOP oblivion has already started… Happy Days are here again (in 2016)

  14. GOP Rules

    December 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Good luck with that Alan/ML. The proverbial fat lady has yet to sing…for sure considering the groundswell against this act. Obama’s ~35% approval is not in that state for nothing, and the same low approval of Obamacare is there due to the current and impending disaster too. Things in reality do not look like you are on the right track.

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