The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is not perfect. But it has cured some of the ills in our health care system -- and it has significantly reduced the number of Americans without health insurance coverage (from 17.1% to 11.9%). That's a reduction of 5.2%, or about 16 million people. And it could be even more if Republican governments in nearly half of the states would just expand Medicaid.
But the Republicans have no interest in helping Americans get health insurance coverage. They don't seem to care that 17,000 people die each year for lack of coverage. For them, Obamacare is nothing but a political football to be played to please their ignorant base. And because of that, they have tried to repeal Obamacare several dozen times.
It's hard to believe that they still consider depriving millions of Americans health insurance to be a political winner, but they do seem to believe that -- in spite of the fact that poll after poll has shown that a significant majority of Americans do NOT want the program repealed. Most people do think Obamacare needs some changes, but they don't want it repealed.
In the past, Democrats in the Senate have been able to block repeal with a filibuster, and Republicans could get the 60 votes needed to stop the filibuster. But this last time, the GOP got sneaky and included the repeal in a Budget Reconciliation bill (which cannot be filibustered, and must pass or fail with a simple majority). That allowed the repeal effort to clear both the House and Senate, and be sent to the president.
As expected, President Obama wasted no time in vetoing the repeal. Here is the statement he issued in vetoing the bill: