Facing flak for several analogies in his ambitious “Obamacare” health initiative, US President Barack Obama has compared the 2010 Affordable Care Act to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 — the device that has fears of its battery exploding, a media report said on Saturday.
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According to The Verge, Obama noted that when a smartphone (or a law) has a few bugs, you fix it or upgrade it; you don’t just throw it away.
During a speech at Miami Dade College in Florida this week, Obama used several analogies to describe “Obamacare”, which has faced widespread scrutiny in recent months as several leading insurance companies have pulled out of the exchanges.
He compared the policy to a “starter home” in need of repairs and ultimately the Galaxy Note 7, which was recalled by Samsung earlier this month because they were catching fire, theblaze.com reported.
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“Unless it catches fire. Then you pull it off the market. But you don’t go back to using a rotary phone. You don’t say ‘well, we’re repealing smartphones’,” Obama was quoted as saying.
“We are just gonna do the dial-up thing. That is not what you do. The same basic principle applies here. We are not gonna go back to discriminating against Americans with pre-existing conditions,” the US president added.
Obama also called on the Republican governors to expand Medicaid in their states and even pushed for adding a public option to Obamacare, which he branded the “public plan fallback”.