Obama’s Radio Address Slams Republicans and Calls Health Care “A Right”

President Obama on Saturday  offered one of his strongest defenses to date of  his signature domestic  achievement, lambasting Republican critics of his health  care law as  obstructionists who are playing politics with the  well-being and  economic security of millions of Americans.

In blunt terms, Mr. Obama used his weekly address to describe health   insurance as a “right” and distinguished states that have embraced his  law  against those that have not.

He said the Affordable Care Act is already helping young adults stay  on  their parents’ health plans and offering free preventative care.

“But there’s also a group of Republicans in Congress working hard to  confuse people, and  making empty promises that they’ll either shut down  the health care law, or, if  they don’t get their way, they’ll shut down  the government,” he said.

“Think about that,” he added. “They’re actually having a debate  between  hurting Americans who will no longer be denied affordable care  just because  they’ve been sick — and harming the economy and millions of  Americans in the  process.  And many Republicans are more concerned with  how badly this  debate will hurt them politically than they are with how  badly it’ll hurt the  country.”

His defense of the law comes less than two months before  state-by-state  insurance markets, or “exchanges,” start to enroll  Americans without  employer-based insurance who may buy coverage with the  help of government  subsidies.

Mr. Obama is attempting to counteract critics who say the law’s  mandates  amount to an unprecedented intrusion on Americans personal  health care  decisions and could cause premiums to soar, as it requires  insurers to cover  more services and people with pre-existing conditions.

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