Word from the C-suite: President Obama says 'America is stronger because of ACA'

Former President Barack Obama broke his silence on the impending repeal and replacement of the ACA on the seventh anniversary of its signing Thursday.

President Obama released a statement Thursday regarding the impact the ACA has had, stating more than 20 million Americans "have gained the security and the peace of mind of health insurance," according to Time. The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act Friday afternoon after delaying the vote Thursday.

"So the reality is clear: America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act. There will always be work to do to reduce costs, stabilize markets, improve quality and help the millions of Americans who remain uninsured in states that have so far refused to expand Medicaid. I've always said we should build on this law, just as Americans of both parties worked to improve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid over the years. So if Republicans are serious about lowering costs while expanding coverage to those who need it and if they're prepared to work with Democrats and objective evaluators in finding solutions that accomplish those goals — that's something we all should welcome. But we should start from the baseline that any changes will make our healthcare system better, not worse for hardworking Americans. That should always be our priority."

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