Barack Obama's Position on Health Care
2012 Presidential Candidate Positions on Health Care
In March of 2010, President Barack Obama signed health care reform into law with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. Among other changes, the reforms imposed regulations on private health insurance providers, made provisions to ensure better coverage for people with preexisting conditions, and improved prescription drug coverage in Medicare. These measures are often referred to as "ObamaCare."
President Obama believes that health care is a right, but doesn't advocate requiring all Americans to be insured. He is a proponent of preventative measures, such a addressing the obesity crisis to cut down on health care costs and using condoms as protection against AIDS.
- Has pointed out that repealing "ObamaCare" will cost taxpayers $250 billion
- Argues that investing in prevention now will save money on health care later
- Would only support a smoking ban in public places on a national level after these bans have been shown effective on a local level
- Supports medical malpractice reform
- In the 2011 State of the Union address, he stated that he intended to further reduce the government spending on Medicare and Medicaid
- In the 2008 presidential debates, he expressed opposition to health tax credits for families that purchase their own health insurance, arguing that it would ultimately cost taxpayers more
- Supports subsidies for those who cannot afford health care
- Has actively promoted testing for HIV, including getting publicly tested himself
- Supports the use of condoms to reduce teen pregnancy
- Supports a woman's right to choose abortion or not
- Opposes euthanasia
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