GOP's repeated efforts to repeal health care law is 'aggravating,' Obama says

Former President Barack Obama speaks during the Goalkeepers Conference hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Wednesday Sept. 20 2017 in New York

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The law has led to major increases in the number of Americans with healthcare coverage, Obama said, speaking in NY at an event on global development sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Former President Barack Obama ripped into current Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare on Wednesday, calling it "aggravating" to have to mobilize constantly to stop "real human suffering" being inflicted on Americans.

"Even if the federal government isn't engaged on this effort right now, it's because of efforts like Bill's, and a whole host of entrepreneurs, and universities, and cities, and states, that America and the world will ultimately meet this challenge s eparate from what government is doing and that gives me hope, " he said. After the 30th, they will need 60 votes to pass reform, an impossible task given Democrats' universal opposition. Obama said. "And so, when I see people trying to undue that hard won progress for the 50th or 60th time with bills that would raise costs or reduce coverage or roll back protections for older Americans or people with pre-existing conditions, the cancer survivor, the expecting mom, the child with autism or asthma for whom coverage, once again, would be nearly unattainable".

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While many Republicans are speaking positively of the proposal, Mr Obama has said it will increase costs and strip people of their health insurance.

But the response to setbacks, Obama said, has to be "to reject cynicism and reject pessimism and push forward".

For years until its final event last year, the most well-known of the corollary events was the Clinton Global Initiative, created by former President Bill Clinton as a way to raise attention and money for causes worldwide. The speakers included Clinton and a raft of business and political leaders.

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