Elijah Cummings Calls Obamacare ‘First Step,’ Vows Universal Health Care Coverage

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings says he believes affordable health care for all Americans is an achievable goal, and cites President Obama’s signature law as a good start.

Addressing an audience of hundreds of people Saturday at the Chase Brexton Charm Ball, the longtime Maryland Democrat said the “first step was the Affordable Care Act. We must be clear to not mistake a comma for a period.”

The ball — which also was attended by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, “Glee” star Kevin McHale and 300 guests — was a fundraiser to support the Chase Brexton Health Care Hardship Fund, which supplements health care coverage for those who cannot afford it. The event was held at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park in Baltimore.