Obama Urges Congress To Have 'Courage' On Obamacare Repeal

Boston MA- 5/7/2017- Connecticut State Senator Teddy Kennedy Jr. walks the red carpet with his mother Joan as they arrive for the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at the the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston MA

Keith Bedford Globe Staff Connecticut State Senator Teddy Kennedy Jr. walked the red carpet with his mother Joan

Obama has largely stayed out of the political spotlight since leaving 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; however, he appeared to promise more involvement when saying, "I expect to be busy, if not with a second career, at least a second act". Obama was accepting the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

Yet Obama hoped to sway Republican members of the Senate who are struggling on whether to "repeal and replace" the ACA, and he insisted that true courage comes from helping those who are vulnerable, not those who are already powerful.

Among those who attended the award ceremony included Obama's vice president Joe Biden, secretary of state John Kerry as well as several elected officials and Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation cited Obama's dubious "accomplishments" in office for the award, including Obamacare, the Iran nuclear deal, and the restoration of US relations with communist Cuba.

Former Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush have also received the Profile in Courage Award.

But during his acceptance speech, Obama took aim at congressional Republicans, who recently passed the first step in repealing Obama's signature presidential achievement: the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare".

Speaking out against the concerted effort to repeal his healthcare plan for the first time since becoming a private citizen, President Barack Obama urged members of Congress to have courage and look at facts, not partisanship, when making such a vital decision about the healthcare of millions. "And it is my fervent hope, and the hope of millions that, regardless of party, such courage is still possible".

"Courage means not doing what is simply politically expedient but doing what [people] believe in their hearts is right". The bill's supporters argue it would help reduce health costs for many people.

Members of the Republican have blamed Obama for the increase in insurance premiums without giving other options for millions of Americans. According to Obama, it is only political courage and maturity that will make America stand up and defend the vulnerable.

Twenty-four-year-old Yale grad and John F. Kennedy's only grandson Jack Schlossberg is a writer and volunteer EMT, but he remarked that he "might still be on the couch, eating Doritos, watching sports", if it wasn't for Barack Obama.

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