Obama Won’t Repeal Health Law, Vows to Make it Work

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday said he will not repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and vowed to make his signature health law work.

“We’re not repealing it as long as I’m President and I want everybody to be clear about that,” Obama said in a speech at the White House.

“The bottom line is this law is working and will work into the future. People want the financial stability of health insurance. And we’re going to keep on working to fix whatever problems come up,” he added, referring to the technical problems in the Healthcare.gov website that prevented people from buying affordable insurance plans to enroll in the ACA since its rollout on Oct. 1.

The President admitted the website was faulty in the last couple of months but said the government worked 24/7 to fix the website.

“And today, the website is working well for the vast majority of users,” he said. “More problems may pop up, as they always do when you’re launching something new. And when they do, we’ll fix those, too.”

Obama said half a million people across the country are poised to gain health care coverage through marketplaces and Medicaid beginning on Jan. 1 and the number will grow to cover an estimated 41 million people who are uninsured.

As Obama campaigned to restore trust in Obamacare, traffic at the Healthcare.gov exceeded one million users on Tuesday that a queuing system was deployed to restrict usage to 50,000 people at a time, according to a person familiar with the project.

A total106,185 people were able to select private plans through the federal and state exchanges last month but almost one million more abandoned the application process before choosing a plan amid website outages and software problems. One problem was the website prevented Social Security numbers from being included in data sent to insurers making ACA enrollment incomplete. Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a conference call Wednesday that a fix of the enrollment reporting will end most of those errors.

“We are making a lot of progress to punch out the issues that we have diagnosed,” Bataille told reporters, according to Bloomberg. “The effort is focused on ensuring ‘every 834 form, those past and present, are accurate and received.’”

Uninsured Americans have until March 31 to buy new health plans as required under the 2010 ACA either through the U.S. website that serves 36 states or through the websites of 14 states that have their own health marketplaces.

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