Former U.S. President Barack Obama returned to the White House for the first time since 2017.
Former President Barack Obama and current head of state Joe Biden celebrated on Tuesday evening the results of the most famous reform carried out by the 44th President of the United States – the reform of the healthcare system, known as “Obamacare.” Obama called the reform his “highest achievement.”
In the East Office, Obama was met by members of Congress and White House staff. He noted the changes that have taken place in the residence of the U.S. presidents – first of all, the appearance of a cat. “There’s a cat running around,” he said. “And I can guarantee that Bo and Sunny [the Obama family’s dogs] would be very unhappy.”
Biden, a vice president in the Obama administration, joked that they could not figure out which of them should sit in the presence of the other and praised the ex-president’s leadership in carrying out reform.
Biden signed two executive orders, one of which instructs all federal agencies to do everything possible to expand access to health insurance, the second – eliminates one of the gaps in the “Obamacare,” depriving family members of working health insurance holders of access to some subsidies. According to the White House, this gap negatively affected the lives of approximately 5 million Americans.
Obama retains considerable popularity in the United States, Biden’s ratings are low. As a result, in the upcoming midterm elections, the Democratic Party risks losing control of one or both chambers of Congress. This will jeopardize Biden’s legislative plans.