Totally set up but cute.
Not sure how much of a surprise it is since they do it every year around the anniversary of his election.
The president kicked ass today. He not only explained the Affordable Care Act clearly and thoroughly, he also debunked and mocked the usual GOP talking points, the lies, the misinformation, and even Fox:
He spoke at Prince Georges Community College in suburban Washington, DC. Here are a few excerpts:
But you don't have to take my word for it. If you talked to somebody who said, "Well, I don't know, I was watching Fox News and they said this is horrible." (LAUGHTER)
And you -- and you can say, "You know what, don't take my word for it. Go on the website. See for yourself what the prices are. See for yourself what the choices are. Then make up your own mind." Just make -- that's all I'm asking. Make up your own mind.
I promise you, if you go on the website and it turns out you're going to save $100, $200, $300 a month on your insurance, or you'll be able to buy insurance for the first time, even if you didn't vote for me, I'll bet you'll sign up for that health care plan. (APPLAUSE)...
I mean, think about it. These are -- these are billionaires several times over. You know they've got good health care. (LAUGHTER)
But they are actually spending money on television trying to convince young people that if you've got the choice between getting affordable health care or going without health care, you should choose not having any health care.
Now, do you think if you get sick or you get hurt and you get stuck with a massive bill, these same folks, they're going to help you out? Or are they going to pay for your health care?
It is interesting, though, how over the last couple years, the Republican Party has -- has just spun itself up around this issue. And the fact is, the Republicans' biggest fear at this point is not that Affordable Care Act will fail. What they're worried about is it's going to succeed. (APPLAUSE)
I mean, think about it. If it was as bad as they said it was going to be, then they could just go ahead and let it happen, and then everybody would hate it so much, and then everybody would vote to repeal it, and that would be the end of it. So what is it that they're so scared about?
So if it actually works, they'll look pretty bad. If it actually works, that will mean that everything they were saying really wasn't true and they were just playing politics.
Just the other day, one Republican in Congress said we need to shut this thing down before the marketplaces open and people get to see that they'll be getting coverage and getting these subsidies, because -- and -- and I'm going to quote him here -- he said, "It's going to prove almost impossible to undo Obamacare."
Right? So -- so, in other words, we've got to shut this thing down before people find out that they like it. (LAUGHTER) (APPLAUSE)
That's a strange argument. Don't you think that's a strange argument?
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