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Obama: ACA has Enough Customers to Work

President Obama participates in forum to encourage Latino Americans to enroll in Obamacare plans, Newseum, Washington, March 6, 2014.
President Obama participates in forum to encourage Latino Americans to enroll in Obamacare plans, Newseum, Washington, March 6, 2014.
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President Barack Obama, aiming to allay concerns about the viability of his signature healthcare law, said on Friday enough people have enrolled to make its insurance marketplaces stable.
 
"Well, at this point, enough people are signing up that the Affordable Care Act is going to work," Obama said in an interview with the medical website WebMD. "The insurance companies will continue to offer these plans."
 
The Obama administration is mounting an enrollment drive aimed at adults aged 18 to 34, whose participation in the marketplaces is vital to the success of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In his latest bid to persuade people to enroll before a March 31 deadline for 2014 coverage, Obama found himself on the defensive, noting for example that some enrollees might have to change doctors.
 
"For the average person, many folks who don't have health insurance initially, they're going to have to make some choices. And they might end up having to switch doctors, in part because they're saving money," said Obama. That was a change from his assurance to Americans in 2009, when he was trying to get the law passed, that "if you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor."
 
The WebMD interview was part of Obama's recent push to reach people beyond traditional media. On Tuesday he made a direct appeal to the youthful audience of comedy website Funny or Die by appearing on its talk show parody, hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis.
 
The Obama administration is targeting younger Americans because they are cheaper to insure and can compensate for older policy holders who have been able to obtain affordable insurance due to the law, known as Obamacare.
 
In his WebMD session, Obama did not answer directly when asked whether private insurance companies were "sabotaging" the healthcare law and whether the country would be "better off taking them out of national healthcare altogether."
 
"Well, you know, this is an important debate," the president said, adding that "there are some terrific insurance plans out there" but that some private insurers "don't do a great job."
 
"There are pluses and minuses with having a private insurance system," Obama said.
 
Obama also acknowledged public skepticism in the healthcare law and its "inexcusable" and glitchy first month of online enrollment in October. Obama said the HealthCare.Gov website was "fixed fairly rapidly" and now "works pretty darn well."
 
"The number of people who have signed up is already large enough that I'm confident the program will be stable," Obama said. "But we look forward to seeing more and more people take advantage of it, as some of the politics of the thing get drained away, as people start feeling more confident about the website."
 
His administration said on Tuesday that 4.2 million people have signed up for private health insurance under the law and that total enrollment could surpass a forecast of 6 million by the end of March.

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by: Jack
March 16, 2014 4:43 AM
Why would anyone trust obama after all he has done. He lies all the time. Even about his own faith, hes not Christian Just like he wasn't even born in The U.S.A. He's the biggest fake ever pushed on Americans. Just like Clint Eastwood said.


by: robert burke from: 5842 s Newcastle
March 14, 2014 11:47 PM
How is that ACA working, when 6 million people list their insurance due to policies that didn't make the ACA's quota and only 4.2 million new people signed up?!!!!
Tell us another life there, Obama! This guy makes Jimmy Carter look great. How much longer is America going to take it on the rear from this POTUS and his adminstration! 2016 can't come fast enough!
GOD HELP US, PLEASE!!!!


by: Stella
March 14, 2014 10:14 PM
I work only part-time because no one will hire anyone full-time. I have to work 2 weeks to pay for my healthcare. How am I supposed to live on that? My coverage doesn't cover someeds and have to use the other two weeks to pay for them. I can't get get help because my husband makes to much. If I ask him for help it will cost more because now I will end upon the hospital for that.


by: Anonymous
March 14, 2014 10:12 PM
How many that have signed up will not pay there premiums?


by: cantshakeme
March 14, 2014 9:44 PM
There should be enough after mandate and how bout mandate only have million on my health blog and i can be successful is there no equality and really dont care how many other presidents abused executive power this is peoples decision when will we be mandated buy a plot??


by: dlsmit from: ful mo
March 14, 2014 9:35 PM
When most of the people signing up are either signing up for extended Medicaid or vouchers that cover the premiums as is the case now then no there are not enough people signing up who will actually be paying in to the system for it to be viable. The article fails to point out that percentage wise very few healthy young people are signing up which is exactly the group that needs to be for obamacare to be viable.


by: Alex from: Colorado
March 14, 2014 9:32 PM
I'm curious how he can claim this. Just 2 days ago, Sebilius testified before the house that she had no idea how many sign-ups had actually paid their first months premium. She also testified that she was unable to tell what percentage were in each age bracket, or if they had insurance previously.

I would think that a person would need some of that data before claiming success.


by: Phil Cooper
March 14, 2014 8:32 PM
If Obama said it, you can be certain that it is a lie.

Anyone remember him laughing about all those "shovel-ready jobs" that turned out not to be so "shovel-ready"? He's laughing in our faces and treating us like fools.


by: robertsgt40 from: san antonio
March 14, 2014 5:06 PM
LMAO. Now let's define work.

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