Read Barack Obama's Statement on the Anniversary of Obamacare


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Obama spoke at length about having a range of opinions and diverse voices in his administration, pointing out that he retained holdovers from the Bush administration so he could remain informed on different ways of thinking about the war in Iraq. Although many of his answers had an even-keeled tone, Obama still managed a few knocks on Trump and his administration.

He also said that while his administration had made mistakes, it had avoided major scandals. Other than the Super Bowl, you know, Mr. Obama noted that he had potential as a basketball player in high school, and believes he could have played in college — at least as a bench player — if things had been different. You could tell that When asked what he would change about the NBA if were the league commissioner, Obama gave a fairly forceful criticism of the way young athletes often play — unpaid — for a college team before they can turn professional.

Obama, who was an early adapter of using social media to mobilize his political base, said that he was aware that big networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google were tools: Obama said he thought the real catalyst for change on equal pay for women would come in the form of Congressional legislation. But he doubted that would happen in the current political climate. Seniors have bigger discounts on their prescription drugs. 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 , 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. 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 so long as the law is properly administered, this market will remain stable. So the reality is clear: America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act. There will always be work to do to reduce costs, stabilize markets, improve quality, and help the millions of Americans who remain uninsured in states that have so far refused to expand Medicaid.

But we should start from the baseline that any changes will make our health care system better, not worse for hardworking Americans. That should always be our priority.

The Affordable Care Act is law only because millions of Americans mobilized, and organized, and decided that this fight was about more than health care — it was about the character of our country. This fight is still about all that today. And Americans who love their country still have the power to change it.