President Barack Obama had a simple message for Republicans as he came out swinging after weeks of media slamming, saying to the GOP: “We’re not going to repeal Obamacare.”
As a direct consequence of the failed launch of HealthCare.gov(the Obamacare website), on which Americans are supposed to shop for health insurance coverage, Barack Obama has had a tough eight weeks.
Things seem to have settled down, for now at least as the fixes promised by the President, took effect on November 30.
However, site administrators readily admit HealthCare.gov is not without problems as the new and improved version of the site is still not working properly for insurers, who are receiving incorrect customer data from the Obamacare website.
On Tuesday, Barack Obama went on the offensive as the White House is launching a campaign to sell his signature legislation.
In the next few weeks, the White House with the help of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the pro-Obama political group Organizing for Action, will push Obamacare to highlight all the benefits the new legislation offers Americans.
The deadline for consumers to enroll is December 23 if they want to have coverage by January 1, 2014.
During the speech, President Barack Obama accused Republicans of repeatedly making calls to repeal the law and using the failed launch of Healthcare.gov to target Democrats who supported the ACA and are up for re-election in 2014.
The President affirmed:
“We’re not repealing it as long as I’m president. If I have to fight another three years to make sure that this law works, than that’s what I’ll do.”
The President’s poll numbers have plummeted in recent weeks following the disastrous roll-out of Obamacare and weeks of criticism he has received in the media. His lowest approval number came last month when he had a favorable rate of 39 percent, according to Gallup.
Even as people continue to experience problems trying to log into HealthCare.gov, President Barack Obama and his administration are saying that after the “fixes” to the site, there were over 1 million visitors on Monday.
But this doesn’t mean that all the problems are resolved.
Along with the complaints of inaccurate data from insurers, Republicans are grabbing on to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released on Tuesday.
The report, which is two months old, found “critical” pieces in security controls failed during testing and the IRS’s existing fraud detection system may not be capable of identifying ACA refund fraud, according to USA Today.
The IRS says it has taken steps to improve its fraud detection systems on the ACA.
Barack Obama said he will try to focus people’s attention on how the ACA will benefit their healthcare, something that has been lost with the problems experienced by the site.
The President challenged Republicans to come up with an alternative to his legislation and suggest specific things they would do differently.
“You can’t just say the system was working with 41 million without health insurance.” Barack Obama said.