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President Obama: Choices and the Affordable Care Act

President Obama let an audience in Denver in on one of the reasons he fought for health reform:

The fact is, nearly 99% of women have relied on contraception at some point—and more than half of all women between the ages of 18 and 34 have struggled to afford it.

And we’re changing that. Before health care reform, many health care plans charged high deductibles or copays for all these preventive services, or they just didn’t cover them at all. And according to one study, more than half of all women put off the care they needed because of that. How many of you have gone without care that you needed or a checkup because you knew that you might not be able to afford the insurance co-pays—and you had to choose between gas, or groceries, or your kid’s new soccer uniform?

I don’t think a working mom in Denver should have to wait to get a mammogram just because money is tight. I don’t think a college student in Colorado Springs should have to choose between textbooks or the preventive care that she needs. That’s why we passed this law: It was the right thing to do.

Read the President's full remarks from this afternoon here.

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