President Defends Obamacare, Renews Call For Public Option

Date: July 12, 2016

Obama’s Journal Of The American Medical Association Article Details Policy Proposals

In a scholarly article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, President Obama is seeking a new audience to defend Obamacare and discuss what he views as some of its issues that could be improved upon by future administrations. In the JAMA article, the AP reports, the President issues “a renewed call for a ‘public option’ to let Americans buy insurance from the government,” with Obama lamenting that “too many Americans still strain to pay for their physician visits and prescriptions, cover their deductibles or pay their monthly insurance bills.” Despite proposing that a public option be added to the law, the AP characterizes the article as “largely a self-congratulatory look at what Obama sees as the accomplishments of his law: millions of Americans who have gained coverage, slower growth in overall health costs and better coordination of care to improve quality.” The New York Times says the article “can be read as an effort by Mr. Obama to entrench his approach to health care, which is sure to be debated fiercely by candidates for president and Congress in this election year.” Obama writes that the existing online exchanges “will be a viable source of coverage ‘for decades to come’…but ‘further adjustments and recalibrations will likely be needed.’”

What This Means For Small Businesses

President Obama has had several years, and multiple platforms, including this unprecedented access to publish in a scholarly medical journal, in order to try and sell the American people on Obamacare. However, small businesses have suffered under this burdensome, costly mandate, and health coverage has waned for many.

Additional Reading

Bloomberg Politics also reports on President Obama’s JAMA article.

Note: this article is intended to keep small business owners up on the latest news. It does not necessarily represent the policy stances of NFIB.

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