Barack Obama on Sunday called on members of Congress to oppose the repeal of his signature health care law, his first public comments since House Republicans voted to repeal it on Thursday.
Obama, in his acceptance speech while receiving the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, said lawmakers need to have the courage to “champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm.”
The former president added that “courage does not always mean doing what is politically expedient, but what they believe deep in their hearts is right.”
The Daily Caller reports:
“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.
Obama also offered a reason why health care reform had not been achieved, saying that “It was hard.”
The House on Thursday approved the American Health Care Act by a 217 to 213 vote. If it hurdles the Senate, it would repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Obama alluded to the coming health care battle in the Senate, saying, “This great debate is not settled.”