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April 17, 2014

Obama Links Obamacare With Economic Security

Selecting one of the poorest Washington D.C. neighborhoods to deliver today’s speech, President Obama intends to highlight income inequality and wage stagnation as a threat to this nation’s economic security.

The White House statement: “President Obama will discuss the twin challenges of growing income inequality and shrinking economic mobility and how they pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, [and he will detail] the steps … taken to help reverse these trends, restore mobility and increase economic security for every American, including the economic benefits of the Affordable Care Act.”

The New York Times: “After being on the defensive for weeks about the health care program’s malfunctioning website and his own faulty promises, Mr. Obama previewed his economic case for the Affordable Care Act.”

Obama: “For too long, few things left working families more vulnerable to the anxieties and insecurities of today’s economy than a broken health care system … Now that the website is working for the vast majority of people, we need to make sure that folks refocus on what’s at stake here, which is the capacity for you or your families to be able to have the security of decent health insurance at a reasonable cost.”

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