Last updated on: 1/31/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Barack Obama, JD Biography

Title:
44th President of the United States
Position:
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Thanks to this law, more than twenty million Americans have gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance. Thanks to this law, more than ninety percent of Americans are insured – the highest rate in our history. Thanks to this law, the days when women could be charged more than men and Americans with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage altogether are relics of the past. Seniors have bigger discounts on their prescription drugs. Young people can stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26 years old. And Americans who already had insurance received an upgrade as well – from free preventive care, like mammograms and vaccines, to improvements in the quality of care in hospitals that has averted nearly 100,000 deaths so far.

All of that is thanks to the Affordable Care Act. And all the while, since the law passed, the pace of health care inflation has slowed dramatically. Prices are still rising, just as they have every year for decades – but under this law, they’ve been rising at the slowest rate in fifty years. Families who get coverage through their employer are paying, on average, thousands of dollars less per year than if costs kept rising as fast as they were before the law. And reality continues to discredit the false claim that this law is in a ‘death spiral,’ because while it’s true that some premiums have risen, the vast majority of Marketplace enrollees have experienced no average premium hike at all. And so long as the law is properly administered, this market will remain stable. Likewise, this law is no ‘job-killer,’ because America’s businesses went on a record-breaking streak of job growth in the seven years since I signed it.

So the reality is clear: America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act.”

Ryan Teague Beckwith, “Read Barack Obama’s Statement on the Anniversary of Obamacare,” time.com, Mar. 23, 2017

[Editor’s Note: Prior to the Mar. 23, 2017 statement above, Barack Obama made a Pro statement at the signing of the Affordable Care Act, quoted below.]

“Today, after almost a century of trying… health insurance reform becomes law in the United States of America…

This year, tens of thousands of uninsured Americans with preexisting conditions, the parents of children who have a preexisting condition, will finally be able to purchase the coverage they need…

This year, insurance companies will no longer be able to drop people’s coverage when they get sick. They won’t be able to place lifetime limits or restrictive annual limits on the amount of care they can receive.

This year, all new insurance plans will be required to offer free preventive care. And this year, young adults will be able to stay on their parents’ policies until they’re 26 years old. That happens this year…

Once this reform is implemented, health insurance exchanges will be created, a competitive marketplace where uninsured people and small businesses will finally be able to purchase affordable, quality insurance…

I’m signing this bill for all the leaders who took up this cause through the generations – from Teddy Roosevelt to Franklin Roosevelt, from Harry Truman, to Lyndon Johnson.”

“Remarks by the President and Vice President at Signing of the Health Insurance Reform Bill,” www.whitehouse.gov, Mar. 23, 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to health care and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 20, 2017
  • Member, US Senate (D-IL), 2005-2008
  • Member, US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • Member, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Member, US Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • Member, US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, 2005-2006
  • Member, Illinois State Senate, 1997-2004
  • Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
  • Former teacher, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago
  • Former community organizer, Chicago
Education:
  • JD, Harvard University, 1991
  • BA, Columbia University, 1983
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Can federal funds be used for abortion services?
  2. Will the cost to fund public health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid decrease?
  3. Does Obamacare encourage health insurance competition?
  4. Will people no longer be at risk of medical bankruptcy?
  5. Can I keep my current coverage?
  6. Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?
  7. Do the health care reform laws set up "death panels"?
  8. Will fewer people rely on emergency rooms for health care?