Obama Fighting ‘One More Campaign’ for Obamacare

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, at an Organizing for Action grassroots supporter event in Washington, November 4, 2013.

He has his army. If only the website would work.

President Barack Obama addressed a group of 200 health care activists Monday at an event sponsored by the grassroots group he founded after his 2012 campaign. His message: They must now work to implement the Affordable Care Act. A month after the health care exchanges opened, Obama is facing criticism for a web of complex technical problems that have gripped HealthCare.gov, jeopardizing his ability to hit the enrollment targets required to make the exchanges solvent.

“Let’s face it, a lot of us didn’t realize that passing the law was the easy part,” Obama quipped at the Organizing for Action gathering. He devoted a large part of his address to deflecting from the struggles facing the website, highlighting the parts of the law that are already benefiting Americans, including free preventive care and an end to considering pre-existing conditions when granting insurance.

As for the website, “I’m taking responsibility to make sure it gets fixed, and it will be fixed,” Obama said.

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Obama also addressed criticism that over his promise that people who were happy with their insurance could keep it under the law, as thousands of Americans in the individual marketplace with plans that don’t meet the law’s standards are receiving cancellation notices. “What we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed,” he said.

David Plouffe, former Obama senior adviser and now an adviser to Organizing for Action, also spoke to the group. “It’s an inexcusable error and these things happen,” Plouffe said. “So long as the website is completed and works error-free and delay-free by the end of this month, and we think it will, we’re going to have plenty of time to do what we need to do.” The state and federal-run insurance marketplaces must maintain a careful ratio of Americans to keep rates affordable, with the young and healthy balancing our older, sicker customers. If the young and healthy don’t enroll because of the technical difficulties, it could threaten the financial stability of those markets.

Before Obama and Plouffe spoke, a group of top administration allies, including representatives from Americans United for Change, Planned Parenthood and the Service Employees International Union, which are working to make the health care law a success, also spoke to the group.

Organizing for Action’s executive director Jon Carson referred to its members as Obama “army,” spreading news of the law to those eligible for its benefits. Last week the group released a video encouraging Obama supporters to make sure their family members sign up for the exchanges.

Noting that he was first elected five years ago to the day, Obama said that while he’s done with campaigns for office, “I’ve got one more campaign in me: the campaign to make sure that this law works for every single person.”

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10 comments
truedemocrat
truedemocrat

GEE, telling LIES to your devotees , isn't really " fighting ", it's more like breathing, you know??? an involuntary action like a child pooping, you know it's going to stink, but you laugh and  make  silly  noises,   because the " child " doesn't know any better

reallife
reallife

You know how presidents are so sheltered in the oval office that sometimes they don't see what's going on in the outside world? Remember Bush 41 and the supermarket scanner?

Maybe that's what's going on.

I think someone should tell Obama about the existence of Youtube because this is getting embarrassing.

;)


LIAR!!!!!


thinkingitthrough
thinkingitthrough

“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

– President Barack Obama, June 2009

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

Oh, Zeke Miller, you are an weaseling, unabashed, shameless half-truth telling journalist if there ever was one.  President Obama should thank his lucky stars that he has you cheerleaders in the media to cover-up his ABYSMAL failure with healthcare:

1) The reason why healthcare was so "easy" to pass was that the Democrats RAMMED IT THROUGH Congress while they held both the House and the Senate.  No time allocated for discussion or debate, just "get it done, and ask questions later."

2) You are being fundamentally dishonest by not calling out the President's blatant lie, that, "“What we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed,"

3) You keep referring to Obama's "army" as if it were actually helping the country.  Instead, as you point out ever so non-critically, the army is being used for "one more campaign."  Instead of "doing" anything, the President is 'campaigning' to cover up the terrible failure of his plan.

Yet, while all this is going on, TIME Magazine still keeps you on its payroll - and still, incidentally, continues to lose readers and revenues.  How fitting for an Obama lap-dog like yourself.


-Odiekriss-
-Odiekriss-

For all the trouble republicans went through, turns out they didnt need a shut down after all.

firmsoil
firmsoil

Liar's lips are moving. Why are such people taught to lie to get ahead in life?