Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid on Tuesday at the White House. Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law 12 years ago when a hot mic caught then-Vice President Biden describing it as a “big deal.”
A White House official said 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 people.” ‘Americans under the President’s program to cut costs for American families. “
“The President will take additional steps to further strengthen the ACA and save families hundreds of dollars a month on their health care costs,” the official added.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and other Cabinet members will also attend the event.
NBC was the first to report Obama’s appearance.
Since leaving office, the former president has repeatedly touted the Affordable Care Act, which has proven increasingly popular in GOP-led states that haven’t extended Medicaid to low-income adults.
The surge in interest comes after the Biden administration and the Democratic-led Congress injected more resources into the program, a dramatic shift from four years under the Trump administration, which dramatically reduced the marketing and registration assistance funding and reduced registration. period of half to six weeks.
The Trump administration has made significant attempts to dismantle the health care law without success, including during the pandemic; last year, the Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the ACA by Republican-led states and the former Trump administration, leaving it untouched. Trump has said several times during his tenure that he would offer an alternative, but has never released any substantial details.
Obama’s appearance also comes as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launch publicity and awareness campaigns to publicize a special new enrollment period for low-income Americans who haven’t signed up for coverage. of the Affordable Care Act of 2022.
The Biden administration has beefed up enrollment assistance, funneling more funds to navigation programs that help people select policies. It aims to enroll more uninsured people in coverage, as well as help those who lose their Medicaid coverage maintain their health insurance after the public health emergency ends.
“We know it’s been a tough time for a lot of people and we want to make sure the door is still open for them to sign up for coverage,” Becerra told CNN last month.
This story was updated with additional information on Sunday.