Obama on latest ACA repeal efforts: 'It is aggravating'

Former President Barack Obama also joked that he's not quite sure why some Americans don't support the single-payer system that has been gaining steam in the Democratic Party.
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Transcript for Obama on latest ACA repeal efforts: 'It is aggravating'
It's hard but. It can be done. And that sphere. Of spirit that's is. To quote I guess myself yes we can't. That spirit rather than a spirit of despair. It is. Is the motor. By which we've been able to see real progress in reducing the paces carbon emission increases here in the US. Even if the current moment the federal government is not as engaged in these efforts I would like. Arm. Nevertheless progress continues because of the efforts of people like bill. And a whole host of onto ignores it and universities and cities and states. They are making change around energy policy in America separate and apart from what. Government is don't. And that gives me confidence that we can continue to make progress we have to reject the notion that. We're suddenly gripped by forces that we cannot control. We've got to break the longer more optimistic view of history part that we plant. And if you were skeptical of such optimism. I will say something the mace. Controversial. I used say this to my staff in the White House young interns who would comment. Any group of young people that I met with. And that is that by. Just about every measure. America it is better. And the world is better than it was fifty years ago. Thirty years ago. Or even ten years. I know that statement doesn't jibe. Where the steady stream of bad news and cynicism that we're fair through. Television and Twitter. But think about so that's what's needed to. The engagement of everyone who wants to see a better future virtual. And it can be frustrating all take an example here in the United States over the past eight years. Thousands upon thousands of Americans themselves in the collective effort of reforming our health care system. Those of you who live in countries that already have. Universal doctor. Trying to figure out. What's the controversy here. I am too. These people. And for the first time more than 90% of Americans. Note the security of health insurance. Paying more for insurance or were being denied insurance because of a preexisting condition or because you worry woman that's not anything any. We got rid of that. And people are alive today because of it and that's progress now. The legislation that we passed. Was people of things that still need to be fixed it wasn't perfect. It was better. And so when I see people trying to undo that hard won progress for the fiftieth or sixtieth. We'll build it would raise costs to reduce coverage. Or roll back protections for older Americans or people with preexisting conditions. Cancer survivor of expectant mom. Childhood autism. This month. Room coverage once again would be almost unattainable. And Zagreb it. All of this being done without any demonstrable economic or actuarial. Or plain common sense rationale. If it prosperous. And it certainly frustrating to have to mobilize every couple of months to keep. Or leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents. But. Typically that's how progress is one. And how progress is maintained. On every issue.

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