Obama ties Biden priorities to ObamaCare anniversary: 'We've still got more work to do'

Former President Obama tied President BidenJoe BidenFederal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Jill Biden gives shout out to Champ, Major on National Pet Day MORE’s priorities to expand health care access to the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Monday, noting that, “We’ve still got more work to do.”

The former president commemorated the anniversary of his health care initiative at a virtual Protect Our Care event, during which he praised the American Rescue Plan that Biden signed earlier this month for giving health care access to 1.3 million additional people. 

Obama said the ACA has served as a “starter home” that the COVID-19 relief package will build upon to further improve access to health insurance. 


“That's what the American Rescue Plan has now done, building on the success we had in 2009 and 2010, slowly consolidating, protecting, and now building and making even better the kind of health care that we need,” the former president said. 

“We’ve still got more work to do — even with the American Rescue Plan,” he added. 

Under the American Rescue Plan, additional financial subsidies will become available to help those enrolled in the ACA to pay for premiums beginning in April. The assistance is expected to reduce premium costs for millions enrolled in the ACA. 

“The Affordable Care Act, and now the America Rescue Plan, have closed that gap, but there’s still folks falling through cracks,” Obama said. “And it’s all of our jobs to make sure that we build on these previous successes.”


Many Democratic lawmakers also recognized the ACA anniversary over Twitter, with several mentioning the COVID-19 relief package as progress from the Obama-era health care legislation. 

Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySchumer kicks into reelection mode Democrats target Trump methane rule with Congressional Review Act Senators eye rollback of Trump methane rule with Congressional Review Act MORE (D-Wash.) posted that “the Affordable Care Act has helped millions of working families get health care—and the American Rescue Plan builds on that work to lower premiums and help millions more get, and keep, quality affordable coverage.”

Rep. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiMo Brooks calls Capitol rioters 'fools' House lawmakers fired up for hearing with tech CEOs Obama ties Biden priorities to ObamaCare anniversary: 'We've still got more work to do' MORE (D-N.J.) applauded the American Rescue Plan, “which builds on the strong foundation of the ACA to dramatically lower health care costs and expand coverage.”

Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerThe first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally Top Democrat calling for expansion of child care support When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, what's a moderate Democrat to do? MORE (D-N.J.) called on Democrats to “continue to push forward until we achieve guaranteed health care for all.”

Biden is also expected to celebrate the anniversary of the ACA during a Tuesday night speech in Columbus, Ohio.