Does Obama Really Care About A Public Option?

During the fight to pass the Affordable Care Act, progressives pushed hard for a public option. Yet President Obama didn’t seem to be that into the idea. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Importance: The Affordable Care Act is the most important health care legislation enacted in the United States since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The law implemented comprehensive reforms designed to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of health care.

Objectives: To review the factors influencing the decision to pursue health reform, summarize evidence on the effects of the law to date, recommend actions that could improve the health care system, and identify general lessons for public policy from the Affordable Care Act.

Evidence: Analysis of publicly available data, data obtained from government agencies, and published research findings. The period examined extends from 1963 to early 2016.

Findings: The Affordable Care Act has made significant progress toward solving long-standing challenges facing the US health care system related to access, affordability, and quality of care. Since the Affordable Care Act became law, the uninsured rate has declined by 43%, from 16.0% in 2010 to 9.1% in 2015, primarily because of the law’s reforms. Research has documented accompanying improvements in access to care (for example, an estimated reduction in the share of nonelderly adults unable to afford care of 5.5 percentage points), financial security (for example, an estimated reduction in debts sent to collection of $600-$1000 per person gaining Medicaid coverage), and health (for example, an estimated reduction in the share of nonelderly adults reporting fair or poor health of 3.4 percentage points). The law has also begun the process of transforming health care payment systems, with an estimated 30% of traditional Medicare payments now flowing through alternative payment models like bundled payments or accountable care organizations. These and related reforms have contributed to a sustained period of slow growth in per-enrollee health care spending and improvements in health care quality. Despite this progress, major opportunities to improve the health care system remain.

Conclusions and Relevance: Policy makers should build on progress made by the Affordable Care Act by continuing to implement the Health Insurance Marketplaces and delivery system reform, increasing federal financial assistance for Marketplace enrollees, introducing a public plan option in areas lacking individual market competition, and taking actions to reduce prescription drug costs. Although partisanship and special interest opposition remain, experience with the Affordable Care Act demonstrates that positive change is achievable on some of the nation’s most complex challenges.”

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  65 comments for “Does Obama Really Care About A Public Option?

  1. Ms. Jackalope .j. Johnstone
    July 16, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Yikes Cenk, I love you, but enough with the “I told you so’s”. You might
    break your arm jerking yourself off. 😂

    • Dabket3araB
      July 16, 2016 at 6:12 PM

      You’re just jealous of his arm. I know you’d love to jerk him off.

  2. TheBlackMage3
    July 16, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    A public option would have never gotten through congress. We wouldn’t have
    gotten any reform. In an ideal world, Obama would love universal
    healthcare. Read his JAMA article.

  3. Patrick Small
    July 16, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    8 years later no change, still hoping…Thanks Obama!

    • RocketmanRockyMatrix
      July 16, 2016 at 5:48 PM

      Jill Stein or Gary Johnson

    • Tony David
      July 16, 2016 at 6:02 PM

      No change?

      No ACA; No ending of DADT; No appointing of liberal justices that sided on
      Obergefeld and dissented in Citizens United. No getting Bin Laden; No
      reducing the deficit; No increase in employment; No ending the job loss
      hemorrhaging from the recession; No recovered auto industry; No improved
      international relations (after Bush destroyed America’s credibility);

      Yeah, “no change”

      Consider that such an extremist all-or-nothing, reality bending perspective
      is a major reason why Bernie lost the Dem nomination.

      Then again, with your attitude, you could just as likely be a Drumpf
      supporter. It’s hard to tell at a certain point.

  4. Duco Darling
    July 16, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    A more astute observation would be that nobody is, or was talking about
    health care.
    When Obama changes the subject it’s misdirection. What are we being
    distracted from?

    Side note: Is Cenk going to address the coup in Turkey???

    • Robert Jenkins
      July 16, 2016 at 4:08 PM

      He addressed it last night.

  5. Dario Fontana
    July 16, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    The demoTARDS refuses to represent the American people, yet Cenk wants us
    to vote for hilLIARy Clinton in November. SMFH

    • RocketmanRockyMatrix
      July 16, 2016 at 5:53 PM


  6. Ronnië Januszki
    July 16, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    “DOI? WhiCH ONE IS thE PIEceS?” Love it.

    • salmonline
      July 16, 2016 at 3:41 PM

      hellyeah, man!

  7. Tyson Friesz
    July 16, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    It’s really odd you won’t talk about the extreme surge in support for Jill
    Stein this week. Are you sure you cover all progressive politics?

    • superfinevids
      July 16, 2016 at 5:54 PM

      A vote for Trump is a vote for Hillary. Trump is in the race to distract
      and scare the public towards Hillary. Any vote for any one but the two
      candidates is a vote for change.

    • RocketmanRockyMatrix
      July 16, 2016 at 5:55 PM

      +superfinevids Look into Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, or Darrell Castle.

    • poofendorf
      July 16, 2016 at 6:30 PM

      Jill Stein is becoming cenk’s second armenian genocide.

    • Justin Rice
      July 16, 2016 at 6:31 PM

      +poofendorf Damn, you Conservatrolls are persistent.

    • poofendorf
      July 16, 2016 at 6:37 PM

      +Justin Rice Jill Stein is the opposite of conservative and I support her,
      you imbecile. Damn you tyt defenders are moronic.

  8. greg55666
    July 16, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Cenk, I don’t think you’re quite right about the history here. I believe
    Lieberman didn’t lose, he retired. He was retiring anyway, so he agreed to
    be the one democrat who killed the public option (the final vote on that
    was 59-41–Lieberman switched his vote to prevent it from passing). The
    other three calculated that they needed to actually pretend to support the
    public option.

    I only mean that they are always calculating how to stay in power and keep
    their bribes coming.

  9. Megalus Doomslayer
    July 16, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Obama is conservative. Get with it people.

    • Justin Rice
      July 16, 2016 at 4:01 PM

      +TheTechnocrat78 In every other major democracy, tge Democrats would be
      considered center-right.

    • some “stupidusernamestho” body
      July 16, 2016 at 5:12 PM

      But we are in America not Europe or Canada, so they are moderates here. 🙂

    • Montell Allen
      July 16, 2016 at 5:48 PM

      How can you say someone is something? When you don’t know them
      personally,and you don’t know what they are thinking.

  10. Janice Claypole (justjanice)
    July 16, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    He does want this ! Democrats couldn’t get out and vote and filled our
    Congress and Senate with right wing.

    • Justin Rice
      July 16, 2016 at 4:21 PM

      +shocknix​ And now they are all gone, anyway. They didn’t even try to fight
      for it and ceeded the narrative to the Republicans. The Dems who voted them
      in probably thought “what’s the point?” in voting them back in if they
      won’t fight for us, anyway.

    • Janice Claypole (justjanice)
      July 16, 2016 at 4:39 PM

      +aoescool A lot got done the first 2 years. After that the right-wing had
      all pinky promised not to pass anything he wanted. It wasn’t a top secret.
      No chin McConnell told it proudly.

    • Janice Claypole (justjanice)
      July 16, 2016 at 4:44 PM

      +Justin Rice You really don’t know what all he got done the 1st 2 years?
      The right-wing isn’t anyone to look up to. Did you notice who all they had
      running for President? lmbo Trump won so. . . nobody

    • shocknix
      July 16, 2016 at 4:47 PM

      +Justin Rice
      This is because the Democrats isn’t the Progressives party. It is the
      “People who the GOP don’t care about” party. This makes the Democrats a
      collection of people who can’t agree on anything and simply have bad ideas.

      Until a loyal group comes out for them on midterms, they will always be
      pansies. The only loyal group that comes out for the Dems on midterms is
      the establishment.

      If progressives don’t vote in 2018 for someone, anyone, you all lose your
      movement. No one cares about a sometimes voter.

  11. mrjohnnykid
    July 16, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    I wonder if Obama’s pubes are grey?

    • Space Cadet
      July 16, 2016 at 2:33 PM

      they’re the last thing to turn grey

    • Lobos222
      July 16, 2016 at 2:52 PM

      I doubt he has any down there. You see, you have to have BALLS to have hair
      around in the first place. And if its one thing Obama lacks, its political

  12. MentalDiarrhea
    July 16, 2016 at 12:45 PM


    • suchAnoob
      July 16, 2016 at 2:59 PM

      chunk yoghurt sounds delicious

    • Robert Jenkins
      July 16, 2016 at 4:00 PM

      Let it go …

    • neocanuck
      July 16, 2016 at 4:11 PM

      The Armenian genocide is not “controversial.” It is a recorded fact.

  13. Chris Pope
    July 16, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    I think that Obama cares about the American people.

    • Space Cadet
      July 16, 2016 at 4:02 PM

      +Oliver Tilly worse than him having done nothing, he didn’t even fulfill
      the election promises that got him into office. no wall street reform,
      gitmo still open, no universal health, and the list goes on

  14. kapa1611
    July 16, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    this is why i love TYT!! thx for this video! #PrincipledProgressives
    independend of party!

    • kapa1611
      July 16, 2016 at 2:16 PM

      +usa eagle
      btw.. they are not anti establishment just for the sake of being anti
      establishment.. they think that the system is corrupt and that it ought to
      be more democratic.. donald trump would not make the system more democratic
      and he would not be less corrupt! keep in mind.. trump is a con artist.. he
      scams people out of their money, like he did with trump university.. and he
      s not against the corruption.. he profited a lot from the system.. his rich
      daddy had a lot of ties to politicians just like he does.. donald trump IS
      NOT ANTI ESTABLISHMENT.. he is FOR the economic establishment, and they are
      the ones bribing the pliticians.. he is against the minimum wage, he is
      against public healthcare (clinton could be pressured into supporting at
      least a public option..), he will support the TPP (mark my words.. he s
      gonna say: i made a great deal… and its gonna be about the same as it is
      now xD), he is anti labor (exploted polish workers), he is a vicious
      racist.. and so on and so on..
      plz don t say he s anti establishment.. he loves the rich economic elites..
      they are just not sure he s smart enough to be president.. they don t
      substantially disagree with him, that s why they only critise him for not
      “having the right temper”! and that s why they put him on TV so much! he is
      not dangerous to the elites like Bernie!
      plz don t vote for this guy..

    • GRiMHOLD
      July 16, 2016 at 2:39 PM

      No… they’re not voting for Hillary…LIAR

    • Mplay1983
      July 16, 2016 at 3:44 PM

      +GRiMHOLD – You’re truly a simple-minded person.

  15. neal ruth
    July 16, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Only path to Single Payer would be Jill Stein and the Green Party. obama is
    a fraud and a failed president, clinton would be a failure also.

    • Glencoco Norris
      July 16, 2016 at 4:07 PM

      Correction: This one party system is a fraud, time for a second party.

    • Mlogan11
      July 16, 2016 at 4:20 PM

      Problem is Jill has almost ZERO change of winning- so you may as well hope
      for the Easter Bunny to save the day.

    • PuzzleMessage
      July 16, 2016 at 5:43 PM

      That’s the problem of the First-past-the-post voting system that
      mathematically assures the formation of an unshakable 2 party system. Jill
      needs a landslide victory in order to disrupt the system, and the only way
      to get such an outcome is to make sure that she gets on the debate stage
      with Hillary and Trump, but she must poll 15% first.

  16. ubertser
    July 16, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Obama is a wolf in sheep skin

    • yadabub
      July 16, 2016 at 12:37 PM

      At least he’s soft on the inside and the outside.

    • RocketmanRockyMatrix
      July 16, 2016 at 5:54 PM

      Obama is an Uncle Ruckus.

  17. Diego Fernando
    July 16, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    he’s just trying to pander to progressives so that Hillary gets elected.

    • Daniel Delos
      July 16, 2016 at 5:52 PM

      What? Seems hes just saying how Democrat’s establishment politics is mostly
      just spewing empty rhetoric without any intention to follow through. This
      would seem to apply to Hillary much more than Trump. It doesn’t seem to be
      related to Trump at all though doesn’t change the fact that while Hillary
      is greedy and sold out–essentially Obama for 4-8 more years–Trump is just
      insane. Not even a rational option.

  18. LogicBeforeNorms
    July 16, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    If Obama cared about the public option, he would have sided with the person
    fighting for it.

    • Montell Allen
      July 16, 2016 at 5:50 PM

      Not if you are playing the long game. It takes more than one presidency to
      fix something as big as the health care system.

    • TheTechnocrat78
      July 16, 2016 at 5:54 PM

      +Nolan Mattingly I disagree.. I understand that you’re a bit irritated that
      the person you supported lost but that’s the nature of politics.. beyond
      that, how is voting for Donald Trump going to help your progressive cause?

    • ali blue
      July 16, 2016 at 6:07 PM

      +Janice Claypole (justjanice)Amen

    • Nolan Mattingly
      July 16, 2016 at 6:32 PM

      +TheTechnocrat78 Because Hilary is not a progressive. If progressives
      deliberately support trump and get him elected over her, it will send a
      message that we will never support the crap offering the dem party has
      offered and labeled as progressive. They will then genuinely stand by
      progressive polices.

  19. Nutrollio Nutz
    July 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    I’m just here to dislike.

    • Bad Strophes
      July 16, 2016 at 3:16 PM

      Your lifes are sad. I’m sorry for you

    • Aaron Moran
      July 16, 2016 at 3:32 PM

      +Jonathan Whitcombe Bigger yawn.

    • salmonline
      July 16, 2016 at 3:37 PM

      “I’m just here to dislike.”
      That’s what she said. right, nutz?

  20. BrayWyattGuy101
    July 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Last time I was this early 50 gays were still alive

    • Jessica Lawler-Watson
      July 16, 2016 at 1:25 PM

      +BrayWyattGuy101 Even if you got that many likes, is it really worth it if
      you have to make that kind of joke?

    • BrayWyattGuy101
      July 16, 2016 at 1:28 PM

      +Jessica Lawler-Watson yes because I get fame

    • Thomas White
      July 16, 2016 at 1:47 PM

      Too soon

    • Space Cadet
      July 16, 2016 at 2:43 PM

      there’s a fine line between a joke being too soon, and being very late

    • Raymundo Vega
      July 16, 2016 at 5:59 PM

      +BrayWyattGuy101 Dude too late

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