In his weekly address, President Obama says the Affordable Care Act is ''finishing the job'' of what Medicare and Medicaid started. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Obama marked the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid in his weekly address. He says the U.S. should continue to improve its health care system by ensuring those programs stay strong. He also focused on making sure all Americans have access to affordable health care. "Today, we're finally finishing the job - since I signed the Affordable Care Act into law, the uninsured rate for all Americans has fallen by about one-third." Obama also dismissed the notion that Medicare and Medicaid are in crisis. "That's usually a political excuse to cut their funding, privatize them, or phase them out entirely - all of which would undermine their core guarantee." Instead he said smart changes will help keep the programs strong.