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Biden Extends Obamacare Special Enrollment Period To Aug. 15

President Biden boosts the Affordable Care Act during remarks.
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President Biden boosts the Affordable Care Act during remarks.

The president touted the success of the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday and urged struggling Americans to enroll in the plan.

President Biden on Tuesday said the Affordable Care Act special enrollment period would be extended from May 15 to Aug. 15. Biden spoke in Ohio to celebrate the anniversary of the health care bill and to promote his American Rescue Plan.

Discussing the ongoing pandemic, Biden highlighted the hardships endured by many Americans, including a heightened risk of suicide, decreased learning time for students and increased financial burdens.

"Help is here," he said.

Biden boasted the $1,400 COVID-19 relief checks delivered under his administration and spoke extensively about cancer care extended under the ACA. Biden's son Beau died as a result of cancer complications.

"For millions who are out of work and have no coverage, thanks to this law, there's an Obamacare plan that most folks can get with zero dollar premiums," he said about the bill he promoted as vice president to former President Obama.

Biden also spoke again briefly about the Colorado shooting — which took the lives of 10 people, including a police officer — saying his "heart goes out" to the victims and survivors.

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Alana Wise is a politics reporter on the Washington desk at NPR.