Former U.S. President Barack Obama expresses hope that members of Congress will look beyond party lines when considering the future of the country's healthcare system, as he accepts the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation's ''Profile in Courage'' Award. No reporter narration.
(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former U.S. President Barack Obama expressed his "fervent hope" on Sunday (May 7) that members of Congress would look beyond party lines when considering the future of the country's healthcare system. The Democrat's remarks at a ceremony in Boston where he accepted the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation's "Profile in Courage" Award came days after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the 2010 law that enabled 20 million more Americans to get health insurance. Referring to former President John F. Kennedy's book on political courage, he noted that many members of Congress risked and ultimately lost their seats when they voted for Obamacare, which helped give rise to the conservative Tea Party movement.