Barack Obama And Joe Biden Reunite At White House To Promote ‘Obamacare’, A New Provision

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – Past President Barack Obama visited the White House for the first time since leaving office in 2017 on Tuesday, April 5, to promote the benefits of his signature healthcare law and support his friend and former governing partner, President Joe Biden.

Obama entered the East Room to deafening applause from the gathered crowd of members of Congress and White House officials and remarked on the changes that had occurred in the White House since his last visit, including the arrival of a cat.


“There’s a cat running around,” he said to laughter, “which I guarantee you Bo and Sunny would have been very unhappy about,” referring to his family’s dogs.


Obama cracked a joke about Biden being “vice president” before correcting himself, earning a salute from Biden. Obama then praised the Affordable Care Act, calling its passage a “high point” of his presidency.


“If you can get millions of people health coverage and better protection, it is, to quote a famous American, a pretty… big deal,” Obama said to hoots of laughter from the crowd, echoing an off-color Biden remark picked up by a hot mic when the bill was passed.


Biden, who hosted Obama for lunch, joked that the two men didn’t know who should sit where while they ate, and praised Obama for his healthcare leadership.


“The Affordable Care Act has been called a lot of things but Obamacare is the most fitting,” Biden said.


While Obama remains popular, Biden’s popularity has fallen, owing in part to rising inflation and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Democrats are in threat of failing control of one, if not both, chambers of Congress in November, putting Biden’s legislative agenda on hold.


Biden also signed an executive order directing federal agencies to do everything possible to expand healthcare coverage, addressing a flaw in the healthcare law known as the “family glitch,” which left family members of those with access to employer-provided health plans ineligible for certain subsidies.


“But what the Affordable Care Act shows is that if you are driven by the core idea that, together, we can improve the lives of this generation and the next, and if you’re persistent… you can have an impact on millions of lives,” Obama said.


During Obama’s Presidential term, he and Biden became friends and met for lunch weekly. Their families stayed close, and Obama spoke at Biden’s son Beau’s funeral.


Obama and Biden had a long talk and a walk, according to White House spokesperson Jen Psaki. She said, “They did go look at the Oval Office and take a walk around, and I know they enjoyed spending time together.”


The White House claims that the proposed change to the Affordable Care Act, which is included in a Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service rule that must be finalized, will save hundreds of thousands of families hundreds of dollars per month.


The “family glitch” hits 5 million people, according to the report, and “has made it hard for many families to use the premium tax credit to get an affordable, high-quality Marketplace plan.”

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