Transcript for President Obama Touts Affordable Care Act Successes
One last point on financial security. For decades. Few things are exposed are working families to economic hardship. More than a broken health care system. And in case you haven't heard more in the process of fixing that. A pre existing commission that used to mean that someone -- commander shelling. The physician's assistant in single mom from Arizona. Couldn't get health insurance. But on January 1 she got -- On January 3 she felt a sharp pain. On January 6 she -- emergency surgery. Just one week earlier Amanda seven. That's surgery would have meant bankruptcy. That's what health insurance reform is all about. The peace of mind that if misfortune strikes. You don't have to lose everything. Already because will be Affordable Care Act. More than three million Americans under age 46 have gained coverage under their parents' plan. More than nine million Americans -- sign up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage. And here's another number. Zero. Because this law no America. None zero could ever again be dropped or deny coverage for a preexisting -- like asthma. For back -- No woman. Can ever be charged more just because she's a woman. And we did all this while adding years to Medicare's finances. Keeping Medicare premiums flat. And lowering prescription costs for millions of seniors. Now. I do not expect to convince my Republican friends on the merits of this -- But. I know that the American people are not interested in re fighting old battles so again. If you ask a specific plans to cut costs. Cover more people increased choice. Tell America what you do different. Let's see if the numbers -- up. But let's not have another forty something votes to repeal alone that's already helping the millions of Americans like him. It. It. The first 440 were planning. We all want to the American people to say what -- for. Not as -- -- against. And if you wanna know the real impact has laws that just talked to governor Steve -- of Kentucky who's here tonight. Doctor Doug is not the most liberal part of the contract. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- But is like a man possessed when it comes to covering his Commonwealth's families. Our neighbors and our friends -- set. For people -- shop -- go to church with. Farmers out on the tractor. Grocery clerks. For people who go to work every morning playing they don't get sick. No one deserves to live that way. Steve's right. That's why tonight I ask every American who knows someone without health insurance. Tell them that covered by march 31. Moms get on your -- to sign up. Kids call your mom and walker through the application. -- rivers and peace of mind and plus she'll appreciate hearing from. After all that that's the spirit but -- always move this nation forward. It's a spirit of citizenship. The recognition that through hard work and responsibility. We can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American -- To make sure the next generation can pursue its dreams as well. Citizenship means standing up for everyone's right to vote. Last year part of the voting rights act was weakened but. Conservative Republicans and Liberal Democrats are working together to strengthen. And the bipartisan commission I appointed shared by my campaign lawyer and governor Romney's campaign -- Came together and they have offered reforms that no one has to wait more than a half hour to vote. Let's support these efforts. Should be the. Powerball -- Not the size of -- bank accounts. The drug -- democracy. Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day. -- seem encouraging parents students. Pastors. Police officers all over this country. Who say we are not afraid. And I intend to keep trying to win -- without congress to help stop. More tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters and our shopping malls or schools like sandy -- Citizenship demands a cents a common purpose. Participation in the hard work of self government. -- obligation to serve. Our communities. And I know this chamber agrees that few Americans give more to their country that our diplomats. And the men and women of the United States armed forces.
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