U.S. President Barack Obama hails the Affordable Care Act five years on, saying it has worked ''beyond a shred of doubt''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama marked the fifth year anniversary of his signature healthcare law on Tuesday (March 25), declaring it a success despite some mistakes along the way. "We have been promised a lot of things these past five years that didn't turn out to be the case -- death panels, doom, a serious alternative from Republicans in Congress," he said to laughter from the audience. The Democratic-backed Affordable Care Act, narrowly passed by Congress in 2010 over unified Republican opposition, aimed to help millions of Americans without health insurance obtain coverage. Conservatives call Obamacare a government overreach. "We've made our share of mistakes since we passed this law, but we also know beyond a shred of doubt that the policy has worked. Coverage is up, cost growth is at a historic low, deficits have been slashed, lives have been saved," Obama said. At the event, Obama also kicked off the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, which aims to bring public and private sectors together to build on the Affordable Care Act's efforts. "If anybody wants to join us in the spirit of the people who've put aside differences to come here today and help make the law work even better, come on board," Obama said. "On the other hand, for folks who are basing their entire political agenda on repealing the law, you've got to explain how kicking millions of families off their insurance is somehow going to make us more free."