During a three-day business trip in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the U.S. president touted the accomplishments of his healcare reform, known as Obamacare, and promised the all the errors and flaws were going away.
Although President Obama occasionally referred pejoratively to the “darn” website, HealthCare.gov, during his speech he mentioned the positive benefits his law had achieved and piling on Republicans for rooting for its failure.
“Yes, we decided to fix a broken healthcare system,” Obama told workers at DreamWorks Animation on Tuesday, the final day of his trip.
“I was talking to some of the studio execs here and I said, ‘You know the rollout of the healthcare marketplace was rough’ … and yet here in California and here across this state, there are thousands of people who are getting healthcare for the first time – for the first time – because of this.”
The administration has previousle assured that the website will be available for the majority of Americans by the end of November, and White House officials continue to express confidence that goal will be achieved, reports Reuters.
“The website is continually working better, so check it out,” Obama said to laughter from the crowd.
The U.S. president, who has earlier admitted that he feels personally responsible that the health care law has made things difficult for his fellow Democrats.
“We’re going to continue to implement the healthcare law. The product is good, people want it and we should not live in a country where people are going bankrupt just because they get sick,” he said.
“And anybody who is going to keep on pushing against that, they will meet my resistance because I am willing to fix any problems that there are, but I am not going to abandon people to make sure that they have got health insurance in this country.”
The news comes the same day Toronto’s crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford slammed Obama’s signature law.
“Come on, some of the stuff you guys are doing down there, to me, are you crazy?” Ford told FOX News reporter Jesse Watters for his segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” when asked about the Obamacare.
“No, no, no, no, no,” he answered about if he supports the president, telling the journalist, “I’m not a leftie, I’m a righty.”
“Are you crazy?” Toronto Mayor continued, when asked whether he supported Obamacare even though Canada’s health care is publicly funded.
Let us remind that in October just 248 Americans singed up for Obamacare because of the glitch of the programme’s official site.
The president’s administration announced that it has brought in experts from top tech companies including Internet searching giant Google Inc and Oracle Corp to fix the HealthCare.gov website.
Health and Human Services also confirmed that it had invited best technology experts and engineers to its round-the-clock effort to fix the glitches on the federal site.