Obama Launches New Push To Sell Healthcare Law: ‘We’re Not Going Back’

An effort to restart the political conversation around 'Obamacare'

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Charles Dharapak / AP

President Barack Obama speaks about his signature health care law.

President Barack Obama kicked off a new push to spotlight the benefits of his signature health care overhaul Tuesday, vowing to keep fighting for the law amid a barrage of criticism over its troubled rollout.

“We’re not going back,” Obama said, flanked by people who the White House said are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act. Obama urged Americans to “refocus on what’s at stake.”

Obama’s brief speech near the White House marked the start of a three-week education campaign ahead of the Dec. 23 deadline for individuals to sign up for insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1. Each day Obama, his political lieutenants and their Democratic allies will tout a different element of the law in an effort to shore up political support.

The public relations push is a bid to move beyond the lacerating criticism of Healthcare.gov, the problem-plagued website the administration had marketed as an easy way to enroll in the law’s insurance exchanges, as well as to call attention to the elements of the law that the administration believes are working. The push, which will include public events and digital outreach, reflects the White House’s belief that individual facets of the law —such as the provision barring insurance companies from denying coverage to patients with pre-existing conditions, other consumer protections, and cost controls — remain broadly popular, even as overall support has sagged.

“What’s important for everybody to remember is not only that the law has helped millions of people,” Obama said, “but also that there are millions more that stand to be helped.”

While Obama stopped short of proclaiming the site’s problems were fixed, the White House says it has met a self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline to resolve most of the bugs that plagued its unveiling. “The website was functioning poorly in October, but it is functioning much better now,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

“Do not let the initial problems with the website discourage you,” Obama implored, arguing that enrolling in coverage “will make all the difference” in the event that people or their families become sick.

The effort to tout the law’s merits is far from the first, and it is unlikely to douse the fiery opposition from political opponents.

Critics of the law reject the administration’s argument that Obamacare’s problems can be patched up. Congressional Republicans, who have tried dozens of times to repeal the law, plan to make it a key issue in next year’s midterm elections. “President Obama and House Democrats are attempting to do in 3 weeks what they couldn’t do in 3 years: convince voters that Obamacare isn’t a massive failure,” said Matt Gorman, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Over the coming months, federal courts will hear a wave of legal challenges to controversial provisions, including a Supreme Court case next year that focuses on whether the law violates the constitutional right to religious liberty by forcing corporations to provide contraceptive coverage as part of their insurance plans.

182 comments
bsidhu
bsidhu

Obamacare's saving grace can be the "Bronze Plan". How? The high deductible of Bronze plan (The Lowest Premium plan in the broader categories of the ACA Law) can be easily combined with the Health Savings Account ("HSAs") - a free market instrument, to utilize the lowest premiums and the highest deductible of the Bronze plan and be in a drivers seat to end up saving a ton of tax free money in your HSA account while having an excellent healthcare coverage. While Obamacare is the law of the land now, why not utilize the combination of Bronze plan with a Health Savings Account to take advantages of both laws! Beautifully explained in a book called "Obamacare: Get Insurance and make Money....". Check it out at:

http://www.amazon.com/Obamacare-Insurance-Money-Win-Win-Series-ebook/dp/B00G8S61MY/


CarolDijkhuyzen
CarolDijkhuyzen

ACA is here to stay,period.It help millions of people that needs it most.repubs have done nothing but to repeal our CARE...while behind closed doors they were free loaders of the  government funded hcare paid for by you and me..take for example the  quitter loon from Wasilla....She and her family have been recipients of the government funded hcare in Alaska,while attacking the hcare...We will hammer republicans once again this mid-term,for shutting down the  government,spending $24B in 16 days,and wanting to repeal our health care...There will never be a republican POTUS in the White House,courtesy of demography...Republican party is an evil greedy&selfish  party..

jjmather
jjmather

Delusional?“What’s important for everybody to remember is not only that the law has helped millions of people,” Obama said, “but also that there are millions more that stand to be helped.” Millions helped? Seriously? It just goes to show you can say anything in a 'speech' and get away with is.


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barneydidit
barneydidit

C++ code template for paule posts-  "paule post...Obamacare sucks because..."/ = "what is the Republican alternative to Obamacare again?" / = "paule post- blah blah blah" /= "repeat". 

jmac
jmac

The pauljb/mantisdragon blog.    It's enough to quit Swampland.  

jmac
jmac

The GOP in a nutshell:     "An astute friend remarked to me on Tuesday that the GOP’s position on Obamacare is coming to resemble its position on abortion in one key way: loudly, consistently, uniformly opposed, but ultimately not really driven to eliminate it. The backlash they’d face would be brutal, but they might stand to gain by fighting it on the margins and keeping the issue alive."  (Sullivan)

I'm not buying this astute friend of his.   Abortion is only a winning issue for Republicans with their base;  overall, it's a loser just as fighting against universal health care is a loser in the long term.   But since when have Republicans ever thought about the long-term?   Their goal is a mid-term win.    

barneydidit
barneydidit

@paulejb I'd like to change the health care law myself Paule...maybe the Public Option the Republicans shot down despite a 65% support rate form the American people. Should we go with that...or the Republican alternative...which is what again?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejbWhite House says some of the problems came from Human Error. Why must Wingers blow everything out of proportion?


Some of the errors in the past forms were generated by the way people were using the system, another senior official on the project said, such as clicking twice on the confirmation button or moving backward and forward on the site.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb No worries. The GOP will shut down the government yet again before the election and remind voters what disorganized clowns they are.

paulejb
paulejb

@jjmather 

5,000,000 million ingrates who have lost their health care coverage just don't appreciate the marvels of ObamaCare and the magnificence of Barack Obama.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@jjmather There are millions of Americans that were previously denied due to preexisting conditions that can now get insurance. What exactly is delusional about that?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb But the Pope seems to agree with him doesn't he. And your idiot sites are calling him a Socialist even as we speak.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Legal Erection? What happened ran out of crap from the RightScoop and Jammie with Pajamas?

paulejb
paulejb

@jmac 

Can't keep up, Jmac? Maybe you should take up knitting instead.

reallife
reallife

@paulejb well, he's got sooo much free time now that NO democrats are calling to campaign for them

LOL

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Yep he does. See unlike the GOP he actually wants to help the American people, the GOP just wants to help themselves and their donors.

paulejb
paulejb

@jmac 

Your analogy is apt. ObamaCare is an abortion.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb @jjmather And yet how many of them will get better coverage at comparable or better rates, especially when subsidies are included?