Obama: 'Going to Look Back' in 5 or 10 Years, Say ACA 'Was a Monumental Achievement'

February 15, 2014 - 10:01 AM

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President Barack Obama winks as he is welcomed to the House Democratic Issues Conference in Cambridge, Md., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(CNSNews.com) - President Obama told House Democrats on Friday that the health care law they passed without a single Republican vote in 2010 will prove itself -- five or ten years from now.

"And I just want to say, thank you for all of you hanging in there tough on an issue that I think 10 years from now, five years from now, we're going to look back and say this was a monumental achievement that could not have happened had it not been for this caucus."

House Democrats face midterm elections, not in five or ten years, but in November, and many are said to be nervous about the botched rollout of Obama's signature health care law.

As CNSNews.com reported on Feb. 5, the latest Gallup poll shows that a majority of Americans, 51 percent, still opposes the Affordable Care Act, and only 41 percent approve of the health care law. At the same time, 19 percent said the law is hurting their family and, in the long run, 37 percent said Obamacare will make their health care situation “worse.”

In his remarks to House Democrats on Friday, President Obama thanked the caucus for showing "the kind of courage and unity and discipline that has made me very, very proud."

He was talking not only about the passage of Obamacare, but about the Republicans' inability -- because of Democrat opposition -- to attach conditions to legislation raising the federal borrowing limit.

"And I was just talking to Nancy (Pelosi) before I came out here. The fact that we are no longer going to see, I believe, anybody try to hold our government hostage and threaten the full faith and credit of the United States of America in order to extract policy concessions, the fact that we were able to pass a clean debt limit, is just one example of why when you guys are unified, you guys stick together, this country is better off. And I could not be more thankful and more appreciative and prouder of what you're doing."