President Barack Obama trumpeted his signature health care law Thursday in Largo, Md., five days ahead of the date its insurance plan exchanges are set to open for business.
“The Affordable Care Act is here,” the president told the crowd in a speech at Prince George’s Community College. “I don’t have to tell you it was a challenge to get it done.”
Obama pointed out that despite staunch Republican opposition — and over 40 votes in Congress aimed at repealing Obamacare — the health care law passed both houses of Congress and was upheld by the Supreme Court. The health insurance exchanges are slated to open on Oct. 1.
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