Reuters – President Barack Obama said on Thursday that some 20 million Americans had become insured as a result of the Affordable Care Act, his signature healthcare law also known as “Obamacare.”
During a trip to Wisconsin to tout the program, Obama said he hoped Republicans would work with him during his final months in office to improve the law, which they have tried unsuccessfully to repeal.
“Today I can announce that thanks to the law, 20 million more Americans now know the security of health insurance,” Obama told a crowd in Milwaukee after being introduced by a local man who said the law saved his life. The man, Brent Brown, said he was a Republican who had not voted for the Democratic president.
The U.S. Division of Overall health and Human Services said the estimates Obama referenced integrated coverage in the expansion on the Medicaid program, health insurance coverage marketplaces, and provisions that permitted young individuals to stay on their parents’ private insurance plans longer.
The 20 million figure was an update to a September 2015 government estimate that 17.6 million Americans had been insured because of the İnexpensive Care Act.