President Barack Obama is the Affordable Care Act’s biggest cheerleader, seizing every opportunity he can to tout his healthcare law. But there has been much confusion as to whether or not the commander in chief — and Congress — are even required to purchase coverage under Obamacare.
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) asked an obvious question when discussing a new bill sponsored by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) requiring Congress and the President to enter into the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges.
“I can’t imagine that the president wouldn’t want to be under it — after all, it’s named after him,” Enzi said, according to The Washington Examiner.
But currently, only the individual mandate applies to President Obama, the Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon told Red Alert Politics in an email. And unlike every day Americans, he is not required to enter into an exchange.
“The president kept his if-you-like-your-health-plan-you-can-keep-it promise – to himself,” Cannon, the director of health policy studies, said.
Given Obama’s willingness to tell Americans why Obamacare is so great, we dug through a variety of speeches, roundtables and town halls to remind the President why he should receive coverage under his own law. Let’s not be out of touch, Mr. President; relish in the consequences of the Affordable Care Act just like regular Americans.
Here’s 8 reasons Obama should be covered under Obamacare, as told by the man himself:
1. Obamacare cured cancer
During a press conference the President gave August 9, Obama recounted the tale of a young boy he met during the bill signing for student loan interest rates. The mid-20s male told Obama he had been diagnosed with cancer and that, according to the President, the Affordable Care Act had led him into remission. Forget medical advancements and a team of very talented doctors, it’s all you, Obama. Additionally, not only do many worry the low cost of premiums will cause the standard of care to suffer, but Obamacare’s medical device excise tax thwarts innovation and medical advancements like, you know, those developed to actually cure cancer.
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