President Says 8 Million Signed Up for ObamaCare, Slams GOP's 'Fear-Mongering'
Today in a White House press briefing, President Obama answered questions from reporters and touted the successes of ObamaCare.
He said, “We now know that the number of Americans who’ve signed up for private insurance in the marketplaces has grown to eight million people.”
For ObamaCare to be successful, young healthy people need to sign up to pay for the older sicker Americans who typically have higher health care costs. President Obama said that 35 percent of those people who applied under the federal marketplace are under the age of 35.
In total, the president said independent experts estimate that “millions of Americans who were uninsured have gained coverage this year, with millions more to come next year.”
President Obama was fired up when answering a question on making ObamaCare work. He maintained that there needs to be a constructive conversation between Republicans and Democrats about how to improve the law.
The president said Democrats should forcefully defend the fact that uninsured Americans now have health care thanks to their party and blasted what he called the GOP’s “fear-mongering.”
“This does frustrate me – states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite. You got five million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states. Zero cost to these states other than ideological reasons, they have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens. That’s why. It should stop,” he said.
President Obama was asked about the tensions in Ukraine. He said the U.S. government will be consulting with European allies, adding that there are additional consequences in place that can be imposed on the Russians if the situation doesn’t improve.
“My hope is that we actually do see follow through over the next several days. But I don’t think given past performance that we can count on them and we have to be prepared to potentially respond to what continue to be efforts of interference by the Russians in eastern and southern Ukraine.”
President Obama clarified that military options are not on the table.
Commenting on immigration reform, the president wouldn’t give away timing of any new legislation.
He said his administration is open to working with Republicans on this issue, adding that the only way to fix the broken system is through congressional action.
“We have already tried to take as many administrative steps as we could. We’re going to review it one more time to see if there’s more that we can do to make it more consistent with […] the attitudes of the American people which is we shouldn’t be in the business necessarily of tearing families apart who otherwise are law-abiding.”