President Obama on Saturday said ObamaCare “finished the job” started by Medicare and Medicaid 50 years ago.
In his weekly address, Obama said the Affordable Care Act continued the legacy started by those two healthcare programs, by ensuring that Americans have access to basic services and, in turn, a “basic measure of security and dignity.”
“If one of the best measures of a country is how it treats its more vulnerable citizens – seniors, the poor, the sick – then America has a lot to be proud of,” he said.
“These promises we made as a nation have saved millions of our own people from poverty and hardship, allowing us new freedom, new independence, and the chance to live longer, better lives. That’s something to be proud of. It’s heroic.”
Obama commemorated the 50-year anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid by vowing to protect those programs against Republicans who would argue they need to be drastically pared back or eliminated altogether.