Obama gives Biden a helping hand with unique campaign event – Washington Examiner

Former President Barack Obama is supporting his former vice president in a unique way this campaign season: a virtual rally. 

The Biden campaign has enlisted Obama and Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to vouch for President Joe Biden’s healthcare record. Biden, Obama, and Pelosi will rally with supporters virtually this Saturday to celebrate the 14-year anniversary of Obamacare.

The Biden campaign views Biden’s healthcare record as a positive they can run on going into November. The anniversary events include digital campaign ads and events across eight swing states the Biden campaign views as a “must win.”

“The Affordable Care Act is so significant for both of them,” Jen O’Malley Dillon, chairwoman of Biden’s reelection campaign, told Politico. “It really shows what it means to have leaders fighting for you and doing things people thought were impossible.”

Despite Obamacare’s unpopularity when first enacted, it is popular today with enrollment 50% higher than when it faced a repeal attempt in 2017. Florida and Texas, Republican-controlled states, have the highest enrollment in the country. 

Other red and swing states have expanded Obamacare in recent years. Idaho, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Virginia have expanded Medicaid since Trump took office in 2017.

The Trump campaign is running on repealing Obamacare in 2025, a move that Republicans acknowledge could be tricky with the program’s new popularity. 

“What was once such a cohesive, unifying battle cry on the right has become a unified silence,” Benedic Ippolito, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Politico.

“The money is just so powerful at the state level,” he said. “Medicaid is an enormous mechanism for the feds to plow money into states, and it’s hard to overcome that.”


Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who was once pivotal in the 2017 repeal effort, showed skepticism that Trump would deliver on his campaign promise to repeal Obamacare and replace the legislation with something “much better.”

“Does he have a policy initiative that he is going to put forward?” Cassidy said. “Or is it just a stream-of-consciousness musing?”