President Obama on Tuesday released a video message to his supporters, asking them to help register the public for Obamacare as the administration faces criticism over the botched rollout of the law's insurance exchange website.
In a video released by Organizing for Action, the pro-Obama group formed from his 2012 campaign organization, Obama urged backers to “be a part of Team Obamacare” and addressed the issues with the Healthcare.gov website.
“By now you’ve probably heard that the website has not worked as smoothly as it was supposed to. But we’ve got people working overtime in a tech surge to boost capacity and address the problems,” said the president. “We are going to get it fixed.
“That's why I'm asking you to be a part of Team Obamacare. We won't be able to reach everyone who deserves the safety and security of affordability of health insurance without you,” said Obama. “So I'm asking you to help tell your friends, families, coworkers, classmates, neighbors and anyone else about what the Affordable Care Act can mean for them.”
The Obamacare website, which was launched on Oct. 1, is intended to enroll consumers in new insurance exchanges, but has been plagued by technical glitches. Democrats worry the problems could undermine public support for Obama's signature domestic achievement in the face of withering GOP criticism.
The administration though has said that despite problems with the website, the overall health care law is working and popular with the public.
Obama said the the health care law “was much more than a website” and touted a number of provisions benefiting young people, seniors and women.
He added that while the website was fixed, consumers could still purchase insurance plans by phone or mail.
Organizing for Action is expected to play a key role in enrolling consumers. The group launched an ad blitz earlier this year to inform the public about the new law and supporters and volunteers are being mobilized to help register individuals.