"He put forward a plan that would let Governor Romney pay less than 1 percent in taxes each year," the president said. "And here's the kicker -- he expects you to pick up the tab."
"What they want to do is they want seniors to get a voucher to buy their own insurance, which could force seniors to pay an extra $6,400 a year for their health care," he said Saturday in New Hampshire.
the Obama campaign quotes AARP, an advocacy group for senior citizens, as saying Obama's health care reforms passed in 2010 crack down on Medicare fraud, waste and abuse while strengthening guaranteed benefits.
Mr. Obama did directly confront the issue of the insurance mandate in the health care law, noting that he did not initially support the idea. But he said that despite being politically unpopular, it is essential to the legislation.
“Whatever the politics, today’s decision was a victory for people all over this country,” Mr. Obama said as he listed the law’s major provisions. “Thanks to today’s decision, all of these benefits and protections will continue.”
"This legislation will also lower costs for families and for businesses and for the federal government, reducing our deficit by over $1 trillion in the next two decades. It is paid for. It is fiscally responsible. And it will help lift a decades-long drag on our economy." President Barack Obama
The similarities between Obama's health care reforms and Romney's have been hotly contested in the campaign. Obama claims he based his reforms on Romney's, but the Republican challenger insists the federal program is fundamentally different.
Today, the Supreme Court also upheld the principle that people who can afford health insurance should take the responsibility to buy health insurance. This is important for two reasons. First, when uninsured people who can afford coverage get sick, and show up at the emergency room for care, the rest of us end up paying for their care in the form of higher premiums. And second, if you ask insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions, but don’t require people who can afford it to buy their own insurance, some folks might wait until they’re sick to buy the care they need -- which would also drive up everybody else’s premiums.
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. The law puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will roll out over four years and beyond, with most changes taking place by 2014.
Before the Affordable Care Act, young people could be kicked off their parents' health insurance as soon as they turned 18. But thanks to health care reform, 3.1 million young Americans who would otherwise be uninsured have been able to stay on their family's coverage until age 26—coverage that often includes free preventive care, like checkups and flu shots.
The Affordable Care Act will make health care more affordable for families and small businesses and brings much-needed transparency to the insurance industry.
President Obama Speaks on Health Reform
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