President Biden’s reelection campaign responded over the weekend to former President Trump’s announced plan to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, if he’s reelected in 2024.
“The cost of Obamacare is out of control, plus, it’s not good Healthcare. I’m seriously looking at alternatives,” Trump wrote Saturday on his platform Truth Social. “We had a couple of Republican Senators who campaigned for 6 years against it, and then raised their hands not to terminate it. It was a low point for the Republican Party, but we should never give up!”
Biden’s reelection campaign spokesperson Ammar Moussa responded in a statement, saying, “40 million people—more than 1 in 10 Americans—have health insurance today because of the Affordable Care Act and Donald Trump just said he would try to rip it away if he returns to power. He was one vote away from getting it done when he was president—and we should take him at his word that he’ll try to do it again.”
An NBC News poll from mid-September found that American voters trust Democrats over Republicans to handle health care issues 45%-22%, though the same survey found that Democrats trail Republicans on numerous other issues, including the economy, immigration and crime.
The open enrollment window to sign up for Obamacare for 2024 began earlier this month and lasts through January 15. Enrollment in 2023 spiked to 15.7 million in 2023, in part because Covid pandemic enrollment safeguards for people covered by Medicaid, the federal-state health program for low-income people, have expired.
Then-President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. Various attempts by Republicans to weaken or eliminate the law have been struck down by the courts—including for a second time by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2021.