President Obama on Tuesday dismissed polls showing public confusion over his signature health care reform law, predicting that after its rollout, consumers will realize it is an “absolute good deal.”
“I think what people will find is, in fact, that it's an absolute good deal and they should take advantage of it,” Obama said in an interview with Telemundo.
The administration is preparing to begin signing up consumers in new health care insurance exchanges on Oct. 1. But Democrats are worried that a botched rollout could hurt them in elections and doom the healthcare law.
A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll released Monday found that 76 percent of uninsured respondents don't understand the law, and 52 percent of Americans believe the law will raise their health care costs.
“Let's look at the facts,” Obama said. “You know already the Affordable Care Act is providing health insurance to young people who didn't have it before 'cause they could stay on their parents' plan. Already, seniors are getting billions of dollars in discounts on their prescription drugs.”
Since the law was passed in 2010, Obama said, the country has seen the lowest increase in healthcare costs in 50 years.
Both supporters and opponents of the health care law have ratcheted up campaigns seeking to sway public opinion.
“Over the last four years, billions of dollars have been spent misinforming people about what this law is about,” Obama charged. “All the horror stories that were talked about have not come true.”
The president said the law is especially important for the Latino community, which he said had the highest rates of uninsured people.
“And they stand to, for the first time, get affordable health care coverage that they can count on for themselves and their families,” he said. “They don't have to take my word for it. They'll be able to go to a website or place a phone call. And they'll be able to look at the plans, how much they cost, the deal that they get for it, and choose one that's right for them.”