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How President Obama is fighting for affordable health care for everyone

President Obama has announced new measures that will smooth the transition to the Affordable Care Act by allowing insurance companies to continue their 2013 health care plans through next year to help Americans receiving insurance cancellation notices.

The President has always said his top priority is to make sure the Affordable Care Act achieves its goal of providing all Americans with the opportunity to purchase comprehensive health care at affordable costs—and that he's willing to listen to any ideas people have to improve the law. Yesterday's announcement validates that principle.

That's in stark contrast to Obamacare's opponents who continue to try undermine or derail the the Affordable Care Act altogether. They want to revert back to a broken system that left millions of Americans behind, denied coverage to people with preexisting conditions, and drove countless families into bankruptcy just because someone got sick.

In fact, this is what Speaker John Boehner had to say about a bill he brought to the House floor today:

“Remember the strategy for stopping Obamacare we laid out to you back in July. It had two components: Aggressive, coordinated oversight, and targeted legislative strikes aimed at shattering the legislative coalition the President has used to force his law on the nation."
There it is—an outright admission from Speaker Boehner that his goal has nothing to do with improving Americans' health care experience and everything to do with his political agenda to destroy the Affordable Care Act.

Passing health care reform was a decades-long battle, and no one expected implementation to be easy—real change never is. We saw this with health reform in Massachusetts, with Medicare Part D roll out, and with Social Security. When we hit snags, our efforts should be focused on adapting to fix them, not on attempts to sabotage the law.

It's time to put people over politics—this is too important. This is about people knowing they have the security of health insurance for the first time. It's about knowing that having cancer or getting injured or becoming pregnant can never mean losing coverage. It's about making health care work for all Americans.

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