Obama to return to the White House to celebrate health care reform

WASHINGTON – Former President Barack Obama will return to the White House on Tuesday for the first time since leaving office to promote the Affordable Care Act in an event alongside President Joe Biden, a White House official said.

The celebration of the 2010 health care overhaul will be their first joint appearance, as they attended events marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at Ground Zero in New York last fall, the official said.

Vice President Kamala Harris will join in commenting on the expansion of health care benefits under the law, as well as Biden’s efforts to further reduce health care costs and expand access to care, the official added.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra and other members of the cabinet, which includes a number of people serving in the Obama administration, are also expected to attend.

The event will mark Biden and Obama’s first appearance in Washington since Biden was inaugurated in January 2021.

In a video released by the White House in June, Obama and Biden discussed Democratic efforts over affordable health care.

“Joe Biden, we did this together. We’ve always talked about how, if we could establish the principle of universal coverage, we could build on it,” Obama said in the video.

Obama is expected to return to the White House shortly before the unveiling of his and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s official presidential portraits.

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