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DNC Chair Perez 'Elated' About Obama's Return to Spotlight

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By    |   Saturday, 12 Aug 2017 01:43 PM

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez Saturday said he's "elated" about the news that former President Barack Obama plans to return to the national stage this fall, while playing down Obama's lack of public statements on such topics as North Korea and the repeal push against the Affordable Care Act.

"I think the president has been pretty clear on things like the Affordable Care Act and his long-standing support for it," Perez told CNN's Michael Smerconish. "Frankly, the American people just as importantly have been very clear that they understand that the Affordable Care Act was a life saver."

Congressional leaders, Perez continued, should be working to build on the law's progress rather than focusing on ending it.

"We should be making it better," he said. "We should be addressing the issue of affordable prescription drug prices. We can take on the pharmaceutical and lower the costs of prescription drugs for folks."

On Friday, The Hill reported that Obama is planning to become actively involved in Democratic politics this fall, but sources close to him said he wants to avoid being "a foil" for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

Perez, when asked if the DNC needs Obama to help raise funds for the party, said the Democrats have had their "best small donor quarter ever, the first quarter of this year."

The party raised more than $5 million in that period through average donations of $22 each, said Perez.

"When Democrats took over the house in 2006, the RNC outspent the DNC by over two to one," said Perez. "The reality is they have a lot of well-heeled donors because their primary funding base is folks who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act so they can get a big tax cut."

The Democrats' base is different, though, said Perez, as it consists of people across the economic spectrum.

Meanwhile, he said he does believe Obama has been clear about his support for the ACA, even if he did not offer comment while the Senate was voting or after Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, cast the deciding vote to stop legislation.

"I think president Obama's voice and his message have been very clear, which is that healthcare is a right for all and not a privilege for a few," said Perez.

"What we need from this administration, the Trump administration that is, is leadership," Perez continued. "Stop sabotaging the markets. You talk to CEOs, as I do, and uncertainty is not good for them. They either have to raise the cost of their premiums or get out of the market altogether, and this administration is deliberately fomenting uncertainty in order to try to make it harder for people to get access to healthcare. Shame on them."

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