Former President Barack Obama is returning to the White House for his first time since leaving office in 2017 for an event to celebrate the Affordable Care Act.
According to a White House statement, Obama will make his return tomorrow (April 5) and will be discussing the Affordable Care Act, which provided healthcare to millions of uninsured Americans.
A White House official stated that Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Obama “will deliver remarks celebrating the success of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid in extending affordable health insurance to millions of Americans as a part of the President’s agenda to cut costs for American families.”
The statement continued, “The President will take additional action to further strengthen the ACA and save families hundreds of dollars a month on their health care.”
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010. It’s one of the biggest achievements of the Obama-Biden administration.
Data shows the signature achievement of the Obama Administration has led to nearly 20 million Americans gaining health coverage, protections for some 133 million people with pre-existing conditions, and tax credits for consumers to afford insurance.
For Black women (who studies show have higher rates of diabetes and are more likely to die from cancer and pregnancy-related complications), the removal of ACA protections could increase barriers that prevent access to quality health care including birth control, cancer screenings and affordable prenatal and postpartum care.