The Vice President sent the following message to the White House email list today, sharing his personal audio reflections on the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Didn't get the email? Make sure you're on the list to receive them in the future.
Today marks five years since 11-year-old Marcelas Owens and I watched the President sign the Affordable Care Act into law.
Marcelas lost his mom to an illness when he was a younger boy. She didn't have insurance, so she couldn't afford the care that she needed. No family -- no child -- in America should have to go through what his family has experienced.
That's why we fought so hard for this reform bill. That's why the President -- whose own mother argued with insurance companies in her final days as she battled cancer -- signed this bill into law.
And that's worth remembering today.
Today, Marcelas Owens is 16 years old. He's still honoring his mother's life by spreading the word about the Affordable Care Act. And as for the rest of the country, five years later, here's what we know:
More than 16 million Americans have gained health insurance.
76 million Americans are benefitting from free preventive care.
And up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions are no longer at risk of being denied coverage.
I'm proud of that. The President is proud of that. I know Marcelas is proud of that.
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