Obama Cheers Healthcare Enrollment Milestone

Obama Cheers Healthcare Enrollment Milestone
(Washington, DC) -- President Obama is applauding a milestone of the Affordable Care Act.
Speaking in the Rose Garden, the President said millions of people have been able to find quality, affordable health insurance and "peace of mind." He stressed that enrollees will no longer have to worry about being driven into bankruptcy by a serious illness. Obama argued that the Affordable Care Act has not fixed the nation's broken healthcare system but has made it "a lot better."

The President noted that people who started the process before Monday's midnight deadline will be given time to complete their enrollments. He also argued that the pace of healthcare costs has slowed since passage of the healthcare reform law, his signature legislative accomplishment. HealthCare.gov is the federal website for the new health insurance exchanges. After a disastrous launch in October, enrollment figures have steadily increased. The exchanges exist primarily for people who do not have access to employer-provided health insurance.

The President likened the Affordable Care Act to Social Security and Medicare. He said the popular entitlement programs were also controversial and faced problems when they were implemented. Obama accused critics of making up stories and trying to scare people without offering any credible alternatives. He said the Republican fight to repeal the law is over and vowed that the Affordable Care Act is "here to stay."

President Obama says the Affordable Care Act has made a difference. Obama says many people have taken advantage of the enrollment period. Obama says the Affordable Care Act has taken stress away from families. Obama says there is still a lot of work to do about improving the healthcare system. Obama says the Affordable Care Act has affected healthcare premiums. Obama says many politicians have tried to stop Obamacare. Obama says people are being helped by the Affordable Care Act. Obama says it's time for the bickering on Obamacare to stop. Play Clip