President Obama to speak in Nashville Wednesday


President Barack Obama arrived at Berry Airfield on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 to speak on immigration. (Greg French/MTSU Sidelines)

Photo by staff photographer Gregory French

President Barack Obama is scheduled to discuss the Affordable Care Act at a Nashville-area elementary school Wednesday.

The president’s speech at Taylor Stratton Elementary School, located off Old Hickory Boulevard in Madison, Tennessee, marks his third visit to the Middle Tennessee area in the past year and a half.

According to a White House release, President Obama will discuss “how we (Americans) can move forward and continue building on the progress made under the Affordable Care Act, which has helped more than 16 million Americans gain health insurance.”

Wednesday’s speech follows last week’s monumental U.S. Supreme Court 6-3 ruling on the president’s signature health care law. The court determined to uphold government subsidies to help lower the cost for people who purchase health insurance through the federal health insurance exchange.

Last February, the Senate Health Committee defeated Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to extend healthcare coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans, on a 7-4 vote.

President Obama last visited a local school during his first trip to Nashville in January 2014, where he spoke at McGavock High School highlighting Metro Nashville Public Schools and his plan for expanding early childhood education. During the same month in 2015, the president visited Knoxville, Tennessee, where he unveiled “America’s College Promise,” an initiative to provide free community college across the nation.

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