President Obama on Thursday said he would need to “win back” the trust of the American public after the botched rollout of his health care reform law.
“I think it's legitimate for them to expect me to have to win back some credibility on this health care law,” said Obama. “That's on me."
Obama’s remarks came as he announced a fix that would allow insurers to renew health plans that fail to meet Obamacare’s requirements. Under the new health care law, millions of Americans were expected to be dropped by insurers and be forced to seek new plans often at higher costs.
The cancellations, which came despite Obama’s repeated pledge that consumers could keep their plans under the health law, coupled with the technical glitches affecting the healthcare.gov website, have hurt the president in the polls and undermined support for his signature domestic achievement.
Obama on Thursday said that his administration had “fumbled the rollout on this health care law.” But he said that most of the law was working well and delivering benefits to the public and he vowed to fix the troubled website registering consumers in new exchanges.
“We’re going to keep on chipping away at this until the job is done,” said Obama.
Obama's approval rating has hit a low in multiple polls. A Gallup daily tracking poll last week found his approval at 39 percent support, his lowest mark in two years. Fifty-three percent disapproved of Obama's performance.