President Obama’s top health official said Thursday that millions of Americans now rely on Obamacare and it is time for Congress to move beyond attempts to dismantle the 2010 law.
Instead, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell challenged lawmakers to focus on areas of common ground in a speech at the New America Foundation, a think tank in downtown Washington.
“The New Year brought with it a new round of efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” Mrs. Burwell said in remarks released by her agency. “These efforts are happening despite increasing evidence that the law is working: Millions more Americans have access to quality, affordable care — many for the very first time. What’s more, millions of Americans who already had insurance now have better coverage because of the law.”
Republicans are flexing their twin majorities in the Congress by filing bills that would chip away at Obamacare’s most unpopular mandates and taxes, or would repeal the overhaul altogether.