(CNSNews.com) – In a speech at TheArc arts school in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, President Barack Obama said that “100 million Americans” have gained the right to free contraception thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
“In the three years since we passed this law, the share of Americans with insurance is up, the growth of health care costs are down to their slowest rate in 50 years,” Obama said at an event hosted by the liberal Center for American Progress.
“More people have insurance, and more have new benefits and protections – 100 million Americans who have gained the right for free preventive care like mammograms and contraception; the more than 7 million Americans who have saved an average of $1,200 on their prescription medicine; every American who won’t go broke when they get sick because their insurance can’t limit their care anymore.”
In the speech, billed as focused on “economic mobility,” Obama spoke about the “dangerous and growing” inequality in the United States.
He also praised government entitlements, such as Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps, and called for universal pre-school and an increase in the minimum wage, saying the latter would be “good for the economy.”
Obama said government “should reflect our deepest values” and that he believes the country’s best days “are still ahead.”