September 26th, 2013
08:23 AM ET
10 months ago

WH: Obama to 'cut through all the noise' on Obamacare

Updated 9/26/2013 at 11:10am

Washington (CNN) - Five days before new on-line government-run private insurance marketplaces open for business across the country, White House officials from the top down are revving up efforts to spread the word about the next milestone in the implementation of health care reform.

During a campaign-style event Thursday at a Maryland community college right outside the nation's capital, President Obama attempted to dispel what the White House sees as some of the myths surrounding health care reform.

"Five days from now, on Oct. 1, millions of Americans who don’t have health insurance because they’ve been priced out of the market," Obama said, "they will finally be able to buy quality, affordable health insurance."

Obama attempted to explain exactly what the Affordable Care Act is and is not, "plainly, honestly," he said, listing benefits of the law like insurance rebates, removal of caps on lifetime spending and protection of those with preexisting conditions.

"The Affordable Care Act is here to stay," he said.

The intention of the speech was to "cut through all the noise coming out of Washington and speak directly, in plain and honest terms, about what the Affordable Care Act means for consumers," a White House official said before Obama spoke.

The administration's last minute sales pitch comes as a round of new polls show a majority of American are skeptical of the law also known as Obamacare.

In a CBS News/New York Times survey released Wednesday evening, 39% of Americans said they approve of the health care law while substantially more – 51%- disapprove. The same poll found only one in five say they know "a lot" about measure.

One of the law's chief promoters, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius insisted in an interview on CNN that much of the opposition to Obamacare stems from inaccurate depictions of the law.

"What we've seen for 3 1/2 years is a relentless battle driving misinformation, both from opponents of the law itself and a lot of media and now paid advertising continuing to give the American public information that just isn't correct," Sebelius said Thursday morning on CNN's "New Day."

The latest example of Republican unhappiness with the health care law played out in a more than 21 hour filibuster-like speech delivered by GOP Senator Ted Cruz of Texas earlier this week. In a pop culture-laden marathon talk-a-thon, that ranged from Dr. Seuss to Star Wars, the tea party-backed Senator tried to convince lawmakers to join his quest to defund Obamacare.

"This is a fight to get the Washington establishment, the empire, to listen to the people. And just like in the 'Star Wars' movies the empire will strike back," Cruz said, referencing the science fiction films during his speech. "But at the end of the day I think the rebel alliance, I think the people will prevail," he continued.

On October 1, one day after the deadline for a potential government shutdown, new health care marketplaces operated by a mix of both federal and state governments go on-line, giving the uninsured an opportunity to buy coverage, many for the first time.

"In these states, on average, consumers will have a choice of 53 health plans (bronze, silver, gold, and platinum plans)," Jeanne Lambrew, a Deputy Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, wrote in blog on the White House web site.

"Young adults will have the additional option of low-cost catastrophic or youth plans. And, about one in four of these insurance companies are newly offering plans in the individual market, a sign of healthy competition," Lambrew added.

Sebelius told CNN the new marketplaces are intended to assist the uninsured, not Americans who already receive health care through their employer.

"Your patient protections are already in place," Sebelius said of people who are currently insured. "Nothing changes in this new market. This is really about the folks who've been outside the market and paying a lot more to get in."

–CNN's Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.


Filed under: Health care • President Obama
soundoff (255 Responses)
  1. freedom

    Will he and his wife and daughters have their most private health issues reviewed by the IRS???

    September 26, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. uhhuh

    Peach

    "When a law is passed without the will of the people-the people become slaves"–Adams
    How true......

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    I believe this President was re-elected, by a margin of nearly 5 million votes was he not? That would be the will of the people.,
    You are also ignoring the fact that included in the number of people polledwho oppose the ACA are those that feel it did not go far enough, that is single payer.

    September 26, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    @Mallory Archer....
    I admire your tenacity Mallory. Keep up the good work!!!

    September 26, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Malory Archer

    freedom

    Will he and his wife and daughters have their most private health issues reviewed by the IRS???

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    Nobody else will, so why should they?

    September 26, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Malory Archer

    EdL

    Is it not true that congressional and wh staff members also had medical coverage but were required to be blessed with Obamacare and needed exemptions?

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    No, it isn't true, but thanks for exposing another lie for debunking.

    September 26, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. g

    the republican propaganda machine at work –do republicans ever tell the truth about any thing

    September 26, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. truth hurts but reality bites

    Is he goin gto tell the useful idiots that voted for him the truth or more lies? Obamacare is a huge new government entitlement program for healthcare. Government "subsidies". aka tax payer money, will be paying for ALL of the healthcare costs of millions of people. Millions others will be "subsidized" with tax payer money. I guess the word entitlement has fallen out of favoir now with the left so they use other words to lie and deceive people.

    September 26, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Mike

    You get what you pay for Americans, don't forget that. Dirt cheap policies(oddly not available to the working class) usually mean minimal coverage. You'll have enough to cover that body bag they pick your corpse up in.

    September 26, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    And the left doesn't? For arguement's sake, let's say that for a given news story, MSNBC covers it one way and Fox covers it a different way. I don't think you could possibly disagree that the left will tend to give credence to the MSNBC reporting and swear to the high heavens Fox is doing the Koch brothers biddding, while the right will tend to give credence to the Fox reporting and swear to the high heavens that MSNBC is the equivalent of the Soviet TASS news agency. THAT'S how polarized our society has become.
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    True, and so it this. The people not watching Fox are better informed of the actual facts than those who do watch Fox. Also, Fox does a tremendous disservice to its' viewers by passing opinions off as news stories, never drawing a distinction between the op-ed and news.

    September 26, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Denise

    Let's just refer to the unpaid wars resulting in recession as "SHRUBWARS".....

    September 26, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Mary

    If Obamacare is such a terrific deal, why does Obama, his family, the entire Senate, the entire congress, federal workers and all of their staff get to opt out of this trainwreck, it appears to be a bill of do as I say, not as I do -– READ THE POLLS - AMERICA does not want this shoved down their throats - OBAMA WE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT WANT THIS -- WAKE UP and SHUT UP!!

    September 26, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Malory Archer

    Mary

    If Obamacare is such a terrific deal, why does Obama, his family, the entire Senate, the entire congress, federal workers and all of their staff get to opt out of this trainwreck,

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    ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!! For the third time on this thread in the last fifteen minutes: BECAUSE THEY'RE ALREADY COVERED!

    September 26, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Wade

    I wish he would follow his own advice , be honest and tell the truth . This is a total train wreck.

    September 26, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Denise

    America's got the ACA thanks to the only important final poll last November! Hurry back to your radio for Boss Hogg!

    September 26, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Malory Archer

    Hey Abbey, I've never met a rethug who didn't think that spending taxpayer money to blow up brown people in faraway lands was a bad thing for the nation. At least the ACA is a positive for the American people. Taxpayers are already on the hook for those who can't afford coverage, in the form of higher premiums. The only change to come from ACA is that deadbeats who can afford coverage but choose to go to the ER and stick the insured with the bill, are now going to be forced to follow the rethug mantra and take personal responsibility.

    September 26, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Denise

    It's no surprise Obama carried the college educated vote.

    September 26, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. rs

    Wow! Combine yesterday's revelations about how well the ACA is starting up with the lower unemployment rate, and economic growth numbers, today is a positively bad one for the GOP!

    September 26, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Tony

    Richard Long, Republicans don't need to read the bill to find out what is in Obamacare. They invented the idea (individual mandate) behind Obamacare, they enacted the model for Obamacare (Romneycare in Massachusetts), so they know what is in Obamacare.

    September 26, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. rs

    Mary

    If Obamacare is such a terrific deal, why does Obama, his family, the entire Senate, the entire congress, federal workers and all of their staff get to opt out of this trainwreck, it appears to be a bill of do as I say, not as I do -– READ THE POLLS – AMERICA does not want this shoved down their throats – OBAMA WE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT WANT THIS - WAKE UP and SHUT UP!!

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    The President and Congress are exempt BECAUSE THEY ALREADY HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, alrght? Get it now? As far as what you want- great. go uninsured or pay the penalty. Me, I want this. With the ACA in place, my wife and I can retire- opening two perfectly good jobs for younger folk to move into, because instead of $1500 a month for BC/BS, it's now more like $500.

    September 26, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. freedom

    @Malory

    You are misinformed – yours and every American's health records will be reviewed by the IRS. And these won't even be trained people – they could be anyone – making decisions about your life.

    September 26, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Denise

    Most folks have common sense and vote in their best interests. They get on with their daily lives, surrounded by family and friends and strive to make a good life for themselves and their children's future. They don't need to listen to uneducated right wing radio clowns for their talking points.......you can ditto ditto ditto ditto ditto ditto ditto ditto as much as you want, but it won't change facts and reality. ACA is here to stay so get out and enjoy life!

    September 26, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Wake up People!

    @Mallory.

    Mary hit every Fox buzzword didn't she???

    September 26, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Denise

    I'd be interested to see how many folks voting Republican and residing in red states are already eligible and/or participate in this government program.

    September 26, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Mary

    If Obamacare is such a terrific deal, why does Obama, his family, the entire Senate, the entire congress, federal workers and all of their staff get to opt out of this trainwreck, it appears to be a bill of do as I say, not as I do -– READ THE POLLS – AMERICA does not want this shoved down their throats
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    Because of a clause added to the bill that was designed to break the law, and make it dysfunctinoal. The clasue required that certain members of the government purchase a health insurance policy through the exchanges. So, what's wrong with that? The members already had health insurance, and requiring them to purchase a second policy that they could not deduct off of their taxes is ridiculous.

    September 26, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. uhhuh

    Mary

    If Obamacare is such a terrific deal, why does Obama, his family, the entire Senate, the entire congress, federal workers and all of their staff get to opt out of this trainwreck
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    For the millionth time, at least. THEY DON'T. This has been fact checked over and over and over again. Here on CNN and a multitude of other places. Try reading, why don't you? USA Today, just this morning fact checked many of Ted Cruz's false statements in his 21 hours of self promotion, including this one. Try taking your own advice.

    The only poll that really counts happened last November,.

    September 26, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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