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Perhaps what Obama is most famous for, legislatively, is the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. And it has insured millions of people to get free healthcare and coverage but it hasn’t been completely successful. So in an effort to silence his critics, President Obama threw the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 under the bus.
President Obama used smartphones and their companies as examples to look to while defending Obamacare. He emphasized that when they have bugs or problems, smartphones are updated or reprogrammed or they come out with better models. Only when they catch fire, he said, do the phones get taken off the market. He was obviously referring to the Note 7 here which has registered over 70 cases of catching on fire leading to it being taken off the market.
Unless it catches fire. Then you pull it off the market. But you don’t go back to using a rotary phone. You don’t say “well, we’re repealing smartphones.” We’re just gonna do the dial-up thing. That’s not what you do. The same basic principle applies here. We’re not gonna go back to discriminating against Americans with pre-existing conditions.
While this is obviously a quip to make the issue more relatable, the President isn’t wrong. That’s what you do with anything in life, if it works and has a few bugs or problems here and there, you tweak it and refine it. You don’t throw it out and replace it.