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Barack Obama: 'I've got to admit, I don't get it'

Obama announces 7.1 million enrolees in Obamacare
Obama announces 7.1 million enrolees in Obamacare
Carolyn Kaster / AP

On the very same day that President Obama stood in the Rose Garden at the White House to announce that the Affordable Care Act was here to stay, Paul Ryan released his 2015 budget calling for a complete repeal of the law. Today was a monumental achievement for the Obama Administration for reaching 7.1 million enrollees in Obamacare. The March 31, 2014 self imposed deadline to reach the 7 million sign-ups was met and the president tooted his own horn to make the announcement.

The Republican opposition to the law that would ultimately offer 45 million uninsured Americans the ability to have affordable health care unveiled their new talking point of accusing the administration of cooking the books. This opposition of the law was addressed during the president's speech and he said that he still can't understand it.

The exact quote of that part of the speech:

"But this law is doing what it’s supposed to do. It’s working. It’s helping people from coast to coast, all of which makes the lengths to which critics have gone to scare people or undermine the law, or try to repeal the law without offering any plausible alternative so hard to understand. I’ve got to admit, I don’t get it. Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance? Why are they so mad about the idea of folks having health insurance? Many of the tall tales that have been told about this law have been debunked. There are still no death panels. (Laughter.) Armageddon has not arrived. Instead, this law is helping millions of Americans, and in the coming years it will help millions more.

I’ve said before, I will always work with anyone who is willing to make this law work even better. But the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay."

The Republican Party have made a concerted effort to run against Obamacare in the 2014 mid-term election. The Republican led House of Representatives have held over 50 votes to repeal or gut the law. But with the president taking the lead in calling out the opposition, Democrats now have the cover they needed to counter any negative comments that can be hurled at them for supporting the law.

With the House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's opposition to any new revenue coming into the treasury, all his new budget can do is cut essential services and give tax breaks to the rich. That strategy cost he and Mitt Romeny in the last presidential election and they are still running that same play and looking for a different result.

Obama said today as he has said in the past, "As long as I'm president the Affordable Care Act is here to stay."

We have had democratic presidents in the past without obsessive obstruction against them. We have had good looking carismatic democratic presidents in the past. The question still remains, "What is is about this president that would make the Republican Party willing to deny millions of Americans health coverage just to make him look bad."

That's a rhetorical question, and if you don't know the answer you probably don't know
that the president said anything on today.


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