President Promotes ObamaCare During California Fundraising Trip

By:  Warren Mass
06/07/2013
       
President Promotes ObamaCare During California Fundraising Trip

President Obama used his fundraising trip to California to promote the Affordable Care Act — popularly known as “Obamacare.”

KMJ Radio in Fresno reported that Obama arrived in California on Thursday evening, June 6, to attend Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) fundraisers in Palo Alto and Portola Valley.

The president appeared at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser today in Santa Monica. His schedule then calls for him to travel to the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs, for a private two-day meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The White House transcript of the president’s remarks at the DSCC event in Palo Alto covered several topics, including: 

When it comes to making sure a nation this wealthy provides affordable, accessible health care for every American — that's something we can do.  There's no other advanced nation on Earth where 10, 15 percent of the population doesn’t have health care — none.  Well, why should we be any different as the greatest nation on Earth? And government has a role to play to make that happen.

The president did not explain why a nation with a national debt of $16.7 trillion dollars should be categorized as “wealthy.” He also did not cite the portion of the Constitution that authorizes the federal government to play a role in healthcare.

Reuters news report noted that because California is the nation’s most populous state, it is important for the administration to receive support there for the ObamaCare plan. The report quoted from Joseph Antos, a health policy economist with the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, who asserted that under ObamaCare, people with incomes under the poverty level will do well, but others might not benefit: “It’s going to be the ones further up who end up paying,” said Antos. "It's also the taxpayer who is going to end up picking up the cost of the subsidies that are going to be offered nationwide.”

The report noted that California has been one of the earliest states to develop its own health insurance exchange, called Covered California. The projected rates for participation vary quite widely, with premiums for a 40-year-old expected to be between $40 to $300 per month for a “midlevel plan,” depending on the person’s income level and subsidies.

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