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

Former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWe must eliminate nuclear weapons, but a 'No First Use' Policy is not the answer Building back a better vice presidency Jill Biden unveils traditional White House holiday décor MORE tied President BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy 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. 

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“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.”

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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 MurrayOn The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Arbery case, Biden spending bill each test views of justice 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) MalinowskiCNN airs live footage of its reporting on tennis star being censored in China Lawmakers increasingly anxious about US efforts against Russian hackers Group aligned with House GOP leadership targeting nine Democrats on spending vote 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 BookerPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall 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.