The administration of US President Barack Obama started the year 2015 with a renewed defense of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare, which turned out to be a rallying cry for the Republicans on the campaign trail last year.
Making the New Year’s first weekly address at the White House, Vice President Joe Biden invited the Americans to enroll in large numbers for enjoying the healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
“It’s due to Obamacare that the access to quality healthcare is improving,” Biden said while adding, “Everyone is beginning to realize what millions of you already know — the Affordable Care Act is working and we’re just getting started.”
The first goal of the US government is to sign up as many new residents as possible by February 15, the day when open enrollment for the healthcare program ends.
This time, the Obama government not only aims to raise the number of enrollments but also intends to improve the health of the healthcare law than just expanding coverage. Moreover, this could also offer an important as well as persuasive statistic for the Democrats in the upcoming fight with congressional Republicans.
Biden also suggested that he would veto any measures for full repeal that come to his desk.
“We’ll have a real chance to address our nation’s most pressing challenges,” the Vice President noted.
Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court is likely to take a crucial decision later this year that may spell fresh trouble for the healthcare law as the ruling holds the potential to gut the subsidies given to the states.