Obama: ‘The Uninsured Rate Is the Lowest It’s Ever Been’
OBAMA: "I think that the— the risk to all the progress we’ve made was at stake in the election because not just the president-elect but a lot of members of Congress, including now the Speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader, have said that their principal agenda was to undo a lot of this progress. But as I’ve been talking about over the last several days when it comes to health care, the gains that we’ve made are there. Twenty million people have health insurance that didn’t have it before. The uninsured rate is the lowest it’s ever been. The rise in health care costs since Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act was passed, have been at their lowest rate in 50 years. Those savings have extended the Medicare trust fund by 11 years. So we— we’ve got— we’ve got a baseline of facts. Here— here— here’s— here’s where we were, here’s where we are now. So it is true theoretically that all that progress can be undone, and suddenly 20 million people or more don’t have health insurance. But as I think Republicans now are recognizing that’s— may not be what the American people, including even Trump voters, are looking for. And my hope is that the president-elect, members of Congress from both parties look at, “Where have we objectively made progress, where things are working better?” Don’t undo things just because I did them."