Obama asks supporters to hang tough on health care
It relied on appointed bureaucrats and senior White House health care advisers. Fearful of constant attacks from congressional Republicans, the White House became secretive about the law’s complexity and regulatory reach. Cutler said: “It is frustrating any time you really want to see something succeed because you believe it’s good for people, and it doesn’t get off on the right foot.” One month after its launch, the federal health care website remains hobbled. Dan Pfeiffer, senior White House adviser, said Sunday: “The website failures are absolutely inexcusable, and we own that.” Some Democrats have proposed dramatic action, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, of Calif., who said on “Face the Nation” Sunday , “I said this direct to the president’s chief of staff, that they ought to take down the website until it was right.” Republicans doubt White House promises to fix the health care site by month’s end. Rep.
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But it served as both an opportunity for Obama to organize the troops for the next five months of the open enrollment period under the ACA and for his supporters to collectively vent their frustration over Republican opposition to the law. “Don’t be troubled by the fake outrage and crocodile tears,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told organizers. David Plouffe, a former White House senior adviser and Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, urged organizers at the summit to take the long view and expressed optimism that the administration will be able to hit its target of enrolling 7 million Americans by the end of March. The White House has expressed confidence that the balky HealthCare.gov the online exchange that serves as the site for uninsured Americans in 36 states to shop for coverage will be running at full speed by the end of the month.
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