4 Ways the President is Cementing His Health Care Legacy

President Barack Obama may not have a doctorate degree, but that won’t stop a lot of people from calling the man “Dr. Obama” by the time he leaves office. Considering all of the health-related issues he has prioritized while in office, some might consider him some kind of health care expert.

Let’s look some of the issues that will cement Obama’s legacy as one of our most health-conscious presidents:

1. Obamacare, Obviously

First and foremost, Obama deserves credit for his controversial (yet certainly helpful) Affordable Care Act. The legislation is so linked to his presidency that both proponents and opponents gladly named the governmental health care reforms after him: “Obamacare.”

Although the Affordable Care Act is hardly a fix-all for the broken health care system in the United States, it definitely has increased access to health insurance by fixing rates and including people previously rejected from the system thanks to “preexisting conditions.”

Now that the Republicans have control of the Congress, the last two terms of Obama’s presidency will likely be defending the Affordable Care Act rather than expanding it. We’re more than likely to see the president use his power of veto to keep his reform on the books.

2. Paid Sick Leave

Over the years, there’s been plenty of discussion about how the United States is the only developed nation in the world to not obligate employers to give their workers paid sick time. Rather than letting that fact remain an ongoing joke, Obama is currently asking his allies in Congress to pass a bill that requires companies offer their employees up to seven paid sick days per year.

Current legislation proposed by Representative Rosa DeLauro and Senator Patty Murray would make companies with at least 15 workers offer one hour of sick pay for every 30 hours worked, at a maximum of 56 hours (or seven 8 hour working days) per year. In addition to this legislation, Obama is also hoping to institute paid family leave for families with new children.

3. Less Medical Debt Overall

Thanks to Obama’s health care legislation, there are fewer “working-age” Americans currently experiencing medical debt. In the span of two years, the amount of people burdened by lofty medical bills has dropped by 6%. With more people now covered by affordable insurance, it makes sense that fewer people would be left unable to pay for medical expenses.

In 2012, the medical debt rate was 41% and is now down to 35%.  While it’s still ridiculous that over a third of Americans are wading in medical-related debts, at least we’re finally trending in the right direction. Americans who are unfortunate enough to be sick or injured shouldn’t have to suffer financially for years to come.

4. Tackling Childhood Obesity

Okay, the president has more or less taken a backseat to his wife on this issue, but he still deserves some credit for supporting the First Lady’s initiatives. Michelle’s “Let’s Move!” campaign focuses on getting children to exercise more by adding fun (mobile) activities to their lives.

Facing an alarming childhood obesity rate, Michelle has also championed the importance of providing healthier meal and snack options to kids, both in the school cafeteria and at home. She leads by example, too, particularly with the White House vegetable garden. It’s no wonder that Barack is motivated to use his terms in office to push for health care reform when his life partner is equally devoted to the cause.

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Jim Ven
Jim V2 years ago

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C3 years ago

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Sarah Hill
Sarah H3 years ago

The cost of health care has risen a lot since Obama-care has been implemented! We didn't have health insurance, we went to a local clinic with a sliding scale. Our cost jumped from $25 to $60! Now that we do have insurance, my hubby went to the doctor the other day our cost has jumped again to almost $100! How is that affordable?!?

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Janet B.
Janet B3 years ago

Thanks

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Charlie Rush
Charlene Rush3 years ago

This article is truly accurate and perceptive.

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Carol Johnson
Carol Johnson3 years ago

Thanks for sharing..noted

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Darryll Green
Darryll Green3 years ago

well lets see, Michelle's lets move campaign is a bust, obesity is up again last year, her healthy foods program is a colossal waste at 4 million dollars a day and when you file for taxes this year -Monday, 19 Jan 2015 07:01 PM

By Joel Himelfarb

H&R Block, the largest retail tax preparation firm in the U.S., warns that the Affordable Care Act is "likely to confuse millions of taxpayers who try to tackle their tax returns for 2014," the Daily Caller reported Monday.
"Now that the Affordable Care Act has made healthcare a tax issue, no one can understand it," says the tax-preparation giant, which has more than 24 million tax clients worldwide.
Many of those who will be hurt are lower-income earners. According to H&R Block's Tax Institute, almost three out of every four in this group are unaware of the fact that they need to file anything with the IRS due to the fact they receive insurance through Obamacare.
Former IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson said the new Obamacare requirements will deliver a "shock to the system."
"Low-income filers are not used to itemizing and it will be a big challenge for them," he told the Daily Caller. "You’re introducing a whole new level of complexity."

Some Obamacare users will find that their refunds are smaller than expected because they were penalized for failing to enroll in a federally approved health insurance plan. Other users may find out that they have to repay the U.S. government for subsidies they received to p

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Linda McKellar
Past Member 3 years ago

There is no such thing as "Obamacare".

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William Moorman
William Moorman3 years ago

Only an IDIOT would think this is the Best America can do

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