FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act four years ago today.
President Obama released a statement saying, "the share of Americans with insurance is up, and the growth of health care cost is down to its lowest rate in 50 years."
Since signing the law, the president says 100 million Americans have gained the right to free preventative care like mammograms and contraception.
The president says eight million seniors have saved thousands on their prescription drugs, and more than three million young Americans were able to stay on their family plans.
Not everyone shares the good mood, though.
Indiana U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman (R – 3rd District) has rallied to repeal the healthcare law, and now says he's unhappy the president is spending more time pushing the law than dealing with foreign affairs.
“I'm frustrated because at a time when we have Putin, who has moved into Crimea and the situation with the Ukraine, The President is out campaigning and advertising to get sign-ups on Obamacare and that seems to be more important to him that what's going on in Russia,” said Rep. Stutzman.
President Obama says in the past five-and-a-half months, more than five million Americans have signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov.
The deadline to sign up for coverage this year is March 31.
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