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Obama declares health care law is working

By Julie Pace

AP White House Correspondent

LAST UPDATED: 10:56 a.m. HST, Dec 03, 2013

WASHINGTON » Seeking to regroup from his health care law's disastrous rollout, President Barack Obama today insisted that the sweeping overhaul is working and warned Republican critics that he would fight any efforts to strip away its protections.

"We're not repealing it as long as I'm president," Obama said during a health care event at the White House. "If I have to fight another three years to make sure this law works, then that's what I'll do."

Earlier today, the administration released a 50-state report saying that nearly 1.5 million people were found eligible for Medicaid during October. As website problems depressed sign-ups for subsidized private coverage, that safety-net program for low-income people saw a nearly 16 percent increase in states that have agreed to expand it, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The White House is trying to cast the health care law in a positive light after the first two months of enrollment for the centerpiece insurance exchanges were marred with technical problems. With the majority of problems with the sign-up website resolved, by the accounting of administration officials, Obama and his team plan to spend much of December trying to remind Americans why the administration fought for the law in the first place.

"We believe that in America, nobody should have to worry about going broke because somebody in their family or they got sick," Obama said, flanked by people the White House says have benefited from the law.

Despite Obama's sunny presentation, officials are furiously working behind the scenes to rectify an unresolved issue with enrollment data that could become a significant headache after the first of the year. Insurers say much of the enrollment data they're receiving is practically useless, meaning some consumers might not be able to get access to benefits on Jan. 1, the date their coverage is scheduled to take effect.

On Monday, administration officials and insurance company representatives began holding daily 7 a.m. meetings to discuss the enrollment data. Officials at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services — the department overseeing the insurance exchanges — are also personally reaching out to some individuals who have enrolled online to make sure their information is correct and that they are sending payments. Call center representatives are doing the same with some people who enrolled over the phone.

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st1d wrote:
" President Barack Obama today insisted that the sweeping overhaul is working "

and: no lobbyists have been hired to work in his administration; all bills will be available on line for the public to see prior to congressional votes; his administration will be transparent, no back room deals; if you like your doctor and health plan you can keep it; health plans will be available at lower cost and cover more; and on and on.

democrats lie, they always lie, when a democrat stops lying, it's dead, but it keeps on voting.

on December 3,2013 | 10:07AM
1local wrote:
Do as he says - though he an his wife as well as congress and their families will never utilize Obama Care themselves. obama care for all the little people of the USA - If You have the almighty $$$ don't worry...
on December 3,2013 | 11:01AM
eoe wrote:
Yes, poor little people with insurance. Previously their insurance plan was a trip to the emergency room and 7 years of hounding by collection agencies.
on December 3,2013 | 01:19PM
thepartyfirst wrote:
Is he telling the truth or is he lying?
on December 3,2013 | 10:08AM
st1d wrote:
he's saying that due to trillions of dollars to buy gm and exempting uaw from obamascam detroit's economy is booming amidst its lowest unemployment in history.
on December 3,2013 | 02:10PM
Jerry_D wrote:
"We're not repealing it as long as I'm president," Really? Doesn't Obama realize that ultimatums are the way of the Dark Side? (According to Obi Wan Kanobi prior to his fight with Anakin)
on December 3,2013 | 10:30AM
Maipono wrote:
""We believe that in America, nobody should have to worry about going broke because somebody in their family or they got sick," Obama said, " but he doesn't have a problem with someone going broke because they can't afford the monthly premium or their hours were cut in order to avoid Obamadon'tcare. His stubbornness will isolate him from the rest of the Democrats, who are deserting Dear Leader's signature legacy legislation.
on December 3,2013 | 10:42AM
eoe wrote:
You are right, this is too complicated. We need to just socialize the entire system and pay for it out of increased taxes on the wealthiest Americans.
on December 3,2013 | 01:23PM
Wpsinc wrote:
Maipono - more people losing their jobs as hours get cut will shift more people onto the welfare rolls - Once they are beholden to the Government, they will become faithful Democratic voters so Big Brother Obama can look after them and tell them what is best and how they should think... 1984 is finally here 30 years late.
on December 29,2013 | 08:02AM
walrus808 wrote:
Whew, I feel so much better now! That clears up everything for me Mr. President.
on December 3,2013 | 11:39AM
Pacej001 wrote:
What a relief. President Pants-On-Fire has restored my confidence.
on December 3,2013 | 11:53AM
kainalu wrote:
Through our employer, my wife and I both subscribe to our own Medical Insurance company. She's the dependent on mine, I'm the dependent on hers. While we've been paying a substantial premium for this coverage the past 40-years, we have suddenly - within the past 30-days - have noticed a significant savings in our pharmacy charges. What cost $30 for a month prescription previously, now is the same price we're paying for 3-months supply. While some are having negative experiences, it's been all positive for us so far - still covered with the plan I've had for decades - still see my own doctor - and out-of-pocket costs are declining.
on December 3,2013 | 11:54AM
Wpsinc wrote:
Kainalu - Well no kidding! Obamacare does not even go into effect until 2014 - so please don't confuse your current contentment with Medical Care in 2013 until next year - most likely after April 15... Obamacare does not have anything to do with Direct health care - Its is all Insurance and Taxes. Obamacare does not pay for a single new physician - but does hire thousands more IRS agents. In the meantime - Millions of hard working folks have lost their health coverage so that 1.1 million can sign up - How is that a win?
on December 29,2013 | 07:56AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
WE need to start adding the phrase, "despite what your eyes and brain tell you" after every Obama headline. Pick any topic from NSA spying to drones killing innocents to IRS scandals to Benghazi to whatever. Just read the headline and add ""despite what your eyes and brain tell you". It works.
on December 3,2013 | 11:59AM
eoe wrote:
Actually, I think you might want to just take everything you think you know, and then prefix that with "despite what Fox news and Rush tell you" and then you might be on to something.
on December 3,2013 | 01:22PM
st1d wrote:
or, obama declares trillion dollar stimulus plan has detroit's economy booming as city's unemployed falls to record low.
on December 3,2013 | 01:54PM
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