JOE BIDEN/HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE (ACA)/PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS: “Today [March 23, 2015] marks five years since 11-year-old Marcelas Owens and I watched the President sign the Affordable Care Act into law.

Marcelas lost his mom to an illness when he was a younger boy. She didn’t have insurance, so she couldn’t afford the care that she needed. No family — no child — in America should have to go through what his family has experienced…

Today, Marcelas Owens is 16 years old. He’s still honoring his mother’s life by spreading the word about the Affordable Care Act. And as for the rest of the country, five years later, here’s what we know:

More than 16 million Americans have gained health insurance.

76 million Americans are benefitting from free preventive care.

And up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions are no longer at risk of being denied coverage.

I’m proud of that. The President is proud of that. I know Marcelas is proud of that.”

-Joe Biden, “Being Biden: The 5th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act,” obamawhitehouse.archives.gov, Mar. 23, 2015