With 20 Days Left, Obama to Meet with Hill Dems on How...

With 20 Days Left, Obama to Meet with Hill Dems on How to Save Health Care


President Obama will go to Capitol Hill Wednesday morning to meet with congressional Democrats on a strategy to save his signature health care reform law.  

After the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, over 24 million people were able to access health insurance and the rate of the uninsured in the U.S. dropped to 9 percent.  But with Republicans set to control the White House, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, there has been talk among Republicans, as there has been for years, of dismantling the health care law or defunding it. 

The President is not known for having a close connection to members of Congress — even in his own party. His Wednesday visit to Capitol Hill to meet with Democrats is one of very few during his eight years in the White House.

The President’s visit is one of many events during a busy week highlighted by the swearing-in of new members of the 115th Congress in the Senate and House on January 3rd and the certification of the presidential election on the House floor.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.