Obama in CHA address thanks organization for supporting health care law

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June 9, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks June 9 during the Catholic Health Association's annual assembly in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) See CHA-OBAMA June 9, 2015.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks June 9 during the Catholic Health Association’s annual assembly in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Telling the Catholic Health Association that he was there to say thank you, President Barack Obama June 9 recalled the struggles of passing the Affordable Care Act and ticked off the successes since it became law five years ago.

“Every one of these stories touched me,” Obama said of those without affordable health care before the ACA took effect, referencing an emergency room visit when his daughter Sasha had meningitis. He said he had good insurance at the time but wondered about the families in the ER who did not.

“There is something deeply cynical” about attempts to roll back health care that works, Obama said of ongoing Republican-led efforts to kill the program.

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