Former President Barack Obama implored members of Congress to show courage not to repeal the Affordable Care Act Sunday night, as he was careful to avoid mentioning President Trump by name.
Speaking at the John F. Kennedy Library while he accepted the annual Profile in Courage Award, Obama sounded despite as he tried to save his landmark medical plan for becoming history.
It was the former presidents first public remarks about the proposed health care legislation just days after House Republicans voted to pass the measure 217 to 213. If it passes the Senate, it would repeal and replace major parts of Obamacare.
“I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those that are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential, but it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable, and the sick, and the infirmed,” he continued.
“There was a reason why health care reform had not been accomplished before. It was hard…,” Obama said.
“These men and women did the right thing. They did the hard thing. Theirs was a profile in courage. Because of that vote, 20 million people got health insurance who didn’t have it before.”
“As everyone here now knows, this great debate is not settled, but continues. It is my fervent hope, and the hope of millions, that regardless of party, such courage is still possible. That today’s members of Congress, regardless of party, are willing to look at the facts and speak the truth, even when it contradicts party positions.”