White House Sharpens Its Case For Obamacare, As Republicans Sharpen Knives

Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis gets his blood pressure checked in a mobile medical unit parked at the state Capitol.

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Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis gets his blood pressure checked in a mobile medical unit parked at the state Capitol.

Sue Ogrocki/AP

The Affordable Care Act is on the chopping block, likely to be one of the first casualties when President-elect Donald Trump takes office next month.

“We will repeal the disaster known as ‘Obamacare’ and create new health care — all sorts of reforms that work for you and your family,” Trump promised in Florida last week.

Before that happens, President Obama and his aides want to put a marker down on what they see as the law’s accomplishments over the last six years.

“When I came into office, 44 million people were uninsured,” Obama told reporters during his pre-Christmas news conference at the White House. “Today, we’ve covered more than 20 million of them. For the first time in our history, more than 90 percent of Americans are insured.”