President Obama defends Affordable Healthcare Act, criticizes republican attempts to repeal


APU Public Affairs Journalism

The president held a conference at the White House on Wednesday, March 23, 2015 for the Affordable Healthcare Act’s (ACA) fifth anniversary to detail the achievements of the law, and to criticize those who would otherwise repeal it.

During his speech, he discussed several features that are available to those enrolled. Features include that individuals under the ACA can no longer be charged more or denied coverage for any preexisting conditions, women can no longer be charged more for health insurance because of their gender, people under the age of 26 can remain on their parents’ coverage, preventive care now comes with no additional out-of-pocket expenses, and that portable health insurance options that are available.

Image: Jacklyn Martin/Associated Press, President Obama discusses achievements of the ACA over the past five years. Image: Jacklyn Martin/Associated Press, President Obama discusses achievements of the ACA over the past five years.

President Obama also discussed the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP), a portion of the law that penalizes hospitals if patients are readmitted…

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