Former president Barack Obama has remained relatively quiet since the election of Donald Trump. But on Wednesday he blasted the Republican Party for seeking to repeal his signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Health Care for America Act.
During a speech at the Gates Foundation, he admitted that Obamacare was not perfect and some aspects of the law needed to be fixed.
“But it was better, so when I see people trying to undo that hard won progress for the 50th or 60th time with bills that would raise costs or reduce coverage… it is aggravating,” he said. “And all of this being done without any demonstrable economic or actuarial or plain common sense rationale.”
Obama added it was “frustrating to have to mobilize every couple months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents.”
“But typically, that’s how progress is won and how progress is maintained on every issue. We have to stand up for each other, recognize that progress is never inevitable.”
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