When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Obamacare Thursday, President Barack Obama spoke of the time he met a mom whose son was saved thanks to the law. But when asked to explain the story, the White House went silent.
“And they’ve told me that it has changed their lives for the better,” the president declared. “I’ve had moms come up and say, my son was able to see a doctor and get diagnosed, and catch a tumor early, and he’s alive today because of this law. This law is working. And it’s going to keep doing just that.”
After the detailed aside was made, The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to White House press secretary Josh Earnest directly asking for some additional details including the context of the conversation and what were the circumstances leading to the president meeting the mother.
Despite several requests, the White House has refused to substantiate the story.
King v. Burwell was part of a series of lawsuit that argued that Obamacare was written so that only individuals in states with their own exchanges could get tax credits. Plaintiffs in the case argued that this means the Internal Revenue Service can’t provide tax credits for individuals in states that opted-out of setting up their own health care exchanges. The Supreme Court, however, ruled against the argument.
Though supporters can point to numerous success stories, opponents also have no shortage of examples from people who were directly hurt from the law.
People have lost their insurance plans, lost their doctors, taxes have gone up for many and the deficit has increased. But most of all, the law didn’t achieve its original purpose of insuring every American.
“I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American,” Obama said.
PolitiFact, a nonpartisan fact checker, has since listed this statement as a broken promise with several million still not covered.
“Despite spending nearly $1.8 trillion in new spending from 2014 to 2023, the law falls far short of universal coverage,” the conservative Heritage Foundation noted in a report. “Indeed, Obamacare is projected by the CBO to leave 31 million uninsured after a decade of full implementation.”