I will work with anybody who wants to work with me to continue to improve our health care system and our health care laws, but the law I passed is here to stay. …
We will not go back to the days when insurance companies could descriminate against people just because they were sick. We’re not going to tell six million young people who are now on their parents health insurance plans that suddenly they don’t have health insurance. We’re not going to allow Medicare to be turned into a voucher system.
Now is not the time to spend four more years refighting battles we fought two years ago. Now is the time to move forward and make sure that every American has affordable health insurance and that insurance companies are treating them fairly. That’s what we fought for, that’s what we’re going to keep. We are moving forward.
One last thing worth pointing out is that President Obama linked his Obamacare with his opposition to the Republican plan to replace Medicare with vouchers. Romney will try to claim that Obamacare represents a $500 billion cut to Medicare benefits, which is not true. But what is true is that Romney supports ending Medicare as we know it, and if and when Romney makes that claim in a debate or a television ad, Obama already has his response ready—and it’s an effective one.