As criticism and frustration over President Obama’s signature health care law continues to escalate due to widespread insurance policy cancellations and website woes, the White House will today redouble its efforts to tout the benefits of ObamaCare.
Kicking off the campaign at the White House with an offensive strategy, the president will surround himself with people who have been helped by the law. White House sources say Obama will also charge Republicans with attempting to deprive Americans of benefits provided by ObamaCare without providing viable alternatives.
"Healthcare.gov met our self-imposed November 30th deadline and even as we continue to make improvements to the website, we'll also remind the public about how the Affordable Care Act is already making a positive difference in the lives of millions of Americans today," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement according to Fox News.
This major push by the White House comes immediately following the end of November deadline to fix the problematic online health exchange. People who accessed the site Monday experienced long delays or had to restart the lengthy application process due to a new que system installed by health officials designed to allow them to complete their applications without delay while keeping new visitors in abeyance.
By Monday night approximately 750,000 had visited the site, but the real test of the repaired website will come with the surge of visitors expected to log on before the Dec. 23 deadline in order to secure coverage on the first of the year. This group includes those whose current individual policies have already been canceled, along with a group of high-risk patients in an expiring federal program.
At this juncture, even after consumers have gone through the process of submitting the required information on the website, they have no assurance that their information has been received by insurers.
"We do know that things are not perfect with the site. We will continue to make improvements and upgrades," said Julie Bataille, communications director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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[Source: Fox News]