Obama scores ObamaCare 8 out of 10

Obama scores ObamaCare 8 out of 10

President Obama gives his signature health law a rating of 8 out of 10.


“And the reason I don't put it at a 10 is because you can always improve something," he said in an interview with ABC News published Wednesday.

Obama touted the administration's analysis, based on Gallup survey data, that 16 million people have gained health coverage because of ObamaCare.

“Sixteen million people or more have health insurance that didn't have it before,” Obama said. He added that has led to the lowest uninsured rate “since we started keeping records.” 

The same analysis finds that the uninsured rate has fallen from 20.3 to 13.2 percent. 

Obama also urged states to expand Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor, under ObamaCare.

Twenty-eight states have so far expanded coverage to people making 133 percent of the poverty level. But some Republican-led states have objected to the cost of the program. The federal government picks up the entire cost in the initial years, and then pays 90 percent of costs in the future.

Some Republican-led states, including Indiana this year, have negotiated with the Obama administration to expand the program with conservative twists, often making beneficiaries contribute more to the cost.  

“There are millions of more people that could be helped, and it won't cost the state anything," Obama said. "We're just seeing some stubbornness that's really based on ideology not on wise public health policy that is preventing most people in most states from getting the Medicaid that would save the state money in the long term.”