Obama: GOP's Repeated Attempts To Repeal Obamacare Are 'Aggravating'

Henrietta Brewer
September 21, 2017

North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight Iran's president warns USA will pay "high cost" if Trump ditches nuclear deal MORE said Wednesday it is "aggravating" to continually fend off Republican attempts to repeal his signature health-care law.

During an event sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in NY on Wednesday, the former president said he had faced criticism during his tenure for stating that the US needed to work together on climate change alongside other countries, rather than attempting to achieve such aims alone-a far cry from President Donald Trump's approach to climate change and his decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement. "And all of this being done without any demonstrable economic or actuarial or plain common sense rationale".

"It frustrates. And it's certainly frustrating to have to mobilize every couple of months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents", he said. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign platform in 2016 - that has since gained steam in the Democratic Party.

He said there are people in other countries trying to understand "what's the controversy here", adding, "I am too".

Obama also warned Wednesday that nationalist sentiments could stymie efforts to combat poverty and disease.

But Obama said the healthcare fight was a good example of the way that advancement is often made: through fits and starts, with backward steps tempering every success. But he expressed his frustration with the current administration on another achievement during his presidency, addressing climate change through the Paris climate agreement.

"I know that statement doesn't seem to jibe with the steady stream of bad news and cynicism we're fed on television and Twitter", he said.

The true test, he said, was in how people respond in times of difficulty, when their efforts to make the world better run into resistance. They also say people shouldn't be forced to buy health insurance.

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