Former President Barack Obama took the opportunity in the nation’s spotlight to offer a strong defense of the Affordable Care Act. He was being honored at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston on Sunday evening where he was given the Profile in Courage award. Gaining this honor in the same week that the Republicans passed a new health care bill designed to repeal and replace the bill that he worked so hard to create did not go without mention.
President Obama used his platform to highlight the Democrats who voted for the Affordable Care Act and then lost their seats in Congress. He said that they chose to look out for Americans rather than take the politically convenient route. “These men and women did the right thing, the hard thing, and theirs was a profile in courage, and because of that vote, 20 million people got health insurance that didn’t have it before,” Obama said.
The former president was joined at the highly celebrated event by former members of his team including Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy. He did not mention President Trump in his speech, but he did talk about the country being in what he called “a time of great cynicism about our institutions.”
President Obama said, “I have said before that I believe what Dr. King said — that the arc of the moral universe bends, but it bends towards justice. I have also said that it does not bend on its own, but it bends because we bend it, and we put our hand on the arc and we move it in the direction of justice and freedom and equality and kindness and generosity. It does not happen on its own.”
Past winners of the Profile in Courage Award include Presidents George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford, Sen. John McCain, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, among others.
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