Barack Obama returns to the White House to campaign for health law with Biden

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Former President Barack Obama, returning to the White House for the first time since leaving office to celebrate his signing of the health care bill, opened his speech by calling Joe Biden “Vice President” – his old title.

“That was a joke,” Obama said as he took the podium to promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Tuesday. Then he hugged Biden.

“It was all set up,” Obama said. “My President, Joe Biden.”

Biden, who later took the podium after Obama’s comments, continued the banter.

Former President Barack Obama joined President Joe Biden in celebrating the anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act

Former President Barack Obama joined President Joe Biden to celebrate the anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (Images: Rex/Shutterstock)

“My name is Joe Biden and I’m Barack Obama’s vice president,” the 46th President said.

The duo reunited to celebrate the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, and to share the White House’s moves to improve legislation and make health care more affordable for Americans.

The new measure aims to fix an element of the law that prevents millions of Americans from qualifying for subsidies and would save hundreds of thousands of families hundreds of dollars a month.

“Nothing has made me prouder than bringing better health care and protection to more people across the country,” Obama said. “When President Biden said he would not only celebrate the ACA but announce actions that would make it even better, I had to step up.”

At least 30 million Americans have received health care through the law, Obama said.

“We’re incredibly proud of this work, but the reason we’re here today is because President Biden, Vice President Harris, everyone who worked on this thing understood from the start that the ACA wasn’t perfect.” , Obama said.

“There were gaps that needed to be filled, some patients are still paying too much for their prescriptions today, some poor Americans are still falling through the cracks, in some cases the healthcare grants aren’t where we want them to be — what means some working families are still struggling to pay for their coverage,” he added.

Former President Barack Obama addressed members of the White House for the first time since 2017

Former President Barack Obama addressed members of the White House for the first time since 2017

Obama then dubbed the law a “starter home” and said it would need renovations over time to make it better.

“It secured the principle of universal health coverage, provided immediate help to families, but required us to continuously build on it and improve it. And President Biden understands that,” Obama said.

He hailed the Biden administration for its commitment to “make the program work” by cutting premiums for nearly 1 million Americans and covering another 200,000 people who are uninsured.

Obama then introduced Biden, who recalled being in the White House with his former administration partner for the first time since 2017.

“The Affordable Care Act has been mentioned many times, but Obamacare fits best,” Biden said.

“Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege,” he added. “Twelve years ago, last month, we made a great effort to bring this proposal to fruition.”

‘If you [Obama} signed the Affordable Care Act into law it became the most consequential piece of legislation since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. It made a difference in people’s lives every day,’ Biden said.

The President noted he made a promise to continue improving the bill from the moment he stepped into the White House.

Biden then signed an executive order that directs federal agencies to do everything in their power to expand quality and affordable healthcare coverage.

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke first during the remarks, introducing the former President. She also called the Affordable Care Act the most consequential piece of healthcare legislation passed in generations.

Harris also called on Congress to make the Affordable Care Act subsidies that are included in the American Rescue Plan permanent. The subsidies are currently set to expire in December.

Before Tuesday’s announcement Biden and Obama had lunch together, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki shared.

‘They are real friends, not just Washington friends, and so I’m sure they will talk about events in the world as well as their families and personal lives,’ Psaki told reporters ahead of the remarks on Monday.

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