President Obama discussed the launch of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace last week, saying the administration will work in coming weeks to ensure the HealthCare.gov marketplace is working as smoothly as possible.
“But even as we improve the website, remember that the website isn’t the only way to apply for coverage under these new plans,” Obama said. “We’ve updated HealthCare.gov to offer more information about enrolling over the phone, by mail, or in person with a specially-trained navigator who can help answer your questions…Don’t worry – these plans will not sell out. We’re only a few weeks into a six-month open enrollment period, and everyone who wants insurance through the Marketplace will get it.”
Obama said he would be promoting the law “even if the website were perfect,” saying he never plans to stop fighting to help Americans obtain healthcare.
“This law means that women can finally buy coverage that doesn’t charge them higher premiums than men for the same care,” Obama said. “And everyone who already has health insurance, whether through your employer, Medicare, or Medicaid, will keep the benefits and protections this law has already put in place. “
President Obama said that, despite some calls to water down the healthcare bill, the law is “here to stay.”
“We did not fight so hard for this reform for so many years just to build a website,” Obama said. “We did it to free millions of American families from the awful fear that one illness or injury – to yourself or your child – might cost you everything you’d worked so hard to build. We did it to cement the principle that in this country, the security of health care is not a privilege for a fortunate few, but a right for every one of us to enjoy. We have already delivered on part of that promise, and we will not rest until the work is done.”