Former President Barack Obama will be back at the White House for the first time since he left office, scheduled to take part in an event celebrating the Affordable Care Act.
Obama will join his former vice president and now-President Joe Biden as well as Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday as the current administration flounders in polls amid disastrous policies. The 44th president is expected at the White House for the first time since leaving in 2017 and will be touting the law he signed in 2010.
According to the White House, Obama will “deliver remarks celebrating the success of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid in extending affordable health insurance to millions of Americans as part of the President’s agenda to cut costs for American families.”
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) April 4, 2022
Other members of Biden’s Cabinet, including Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, will be joining Obama who will likely add a boost to Biden’s low support among Americans.
Marking the anniversary of the health care measure last month, Obama tweeted: “12 years ago today, I signed the Affordable Care Act into law. I’ve always believed that health care shouldn’t be a privilege for just a fortunate few, but a right for every American.”
“Today, more than 30 million Americans have health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act,” he added. “During the pandemic, the Affordable Care Act helped make vaccines and COVID-19 tests available for free, covered emergency hospitalizations, and prevented insurance companies from denying anyone coverage based on a pre-existing condition.”
During the pandemic, the Affordable Care Act helped make vaccines and COVID-19 tests available for free, covered emergency hospitalizations, and prevented insurance companies from denying anyone coverage based on a pre-existing condition.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 23, 2022
“Twelve years ago, I proudly stood beside President Barack Obama as he signed into law the most consequential expansion of health care in generations: the Affordable Care Act,” Biden said in a statement last month.
“With the stroke of a pen — after decades of tireless efforts — millions of Americans gained peace of mind. And because of my Administration’s efforts, including passing the landmark American Rescue Plan, we have lowered health care costs and made coverage more accessible than ever before — even amid a global pandemic,” he added.
Twelve years ago, I proudly stood beside President @BarackObama as he signed into law the most consequential expansion of health care in generations: the Affordable Care Act. pic.twitter.com/chvqPCiV1h
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 23, 2022
“Joe Biden, we did this together. We always talked about how if we could get the principle of universal coverage established, we could then build on it,” Obama said in a video released last June.
Despite the accolades, the ironically named “Affordable Care Act” has a history of issues, including this timely complaint from former Obama adviser David Axelrod.
You all told us back in 2010 that Obamacare would fix this. https://t.co/yUINrd0j5x
— Sarcastic Cupcake (@SarcasticCupcak) April 3, 2022
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not seem to have a glowing report either, though the socialist was happy to remind Twitter users about another option she supports.
I remember vividly one day I decided to walk around and ask everyone I worked with – waiters, bussers, cooks – what insurance they had. Everyone had the same answer: none. It was better for us to save up the money we’d otherwise pay on premiums & spend it on actual medicine/care
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 2, 2022
Meanwhile, the news of Obama returning to the White House for the first time since he left office ignited a common reaction on Twitter.
Aren’t you just thrilled that Obama is coming back to the White House Tuesday? Did he ever leave?
— Graves Williams (@GravesWilliams6) April 4, 2022
B.O. is the de facto POTUS.
— Derrell DeLoach (@deloach_derrell) April 4, 2022
Why not he’s running it.
— Bob Wire (@ppla001) April 4, 2022
He never really left
— Platypus (@ItFitz0866) April 4, 2022
Arent they desperate! They can see the Red wave coming!
— RobC (@Xmyass22) April 4, 2022
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