Obama to talk Obamacare on Wednesday in Boston
October 27th, 2013
11:14 AM ET
6 months ago

Obama to talk Obamacare on Wednesday in Boston

Washington (CNN) - On the same day Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is to testify on Capitol Hill about the Obamacare website problems, President Barack Obama will travel to Boston to talk about the importance of the law, a White House official confirmed to CNN on Sunday.

The event is scheduled for the historic Faneuil Hall, where then-Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006 signed the Massachusetts health care reform into law.


Obama on Wednesday is expected to discuss the ongoing efforts to fix the problems plaguing the HealthCare.gov website, the official said.

The administration has touted Massachusetts' health care law as the model for the Affordable Care Act. Officials point to that state’s experience showing how many consumers sign up for insurance only as a deadline approaches. They point out that today, 97% of Massachusetts residents have insurance.

Also this week, administration officials and Cabinet secretaries will continue a series of appearances across the country to push enrollment in 10 areas with the highest rates of the uninsured. On Monday, Cecilia Muñoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, will participate in a health care enrollment event in Detroit to help connect residents with application specialists. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Atlanta on Tuesday to participate in enrollment outreach events.

Obama is also attending a fundraiser for DCCC in Weston, Ma. on Wednesday.

He'll raise funds for the DCCC alongside Steve Israel and Nancy Pelosi at the home of Alan and Susan Solomont. Alan is a major Democratic donor and former ambassador to Spain under Obama.

Tickets range in price from $16,200 for an individual to $32,400 per couple according to invitation obtained by CNN.

– CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    Remember when the right wingnuts only issue was a birth certificate and they milked that for 4 years? Remember when Fox called Obama a socialist (still do) and the market went from 6700 to over 15,000? Remember when we were losing 8 million jobs a year under Bush, and we are now gaining jobs without any GOP help? Remember when the last Bush deficit was $1.6 billion, and this year Obama's will be 600 million? Remember when we were in two wars that were kept off the books?
    Remember, there is no republican health plan. Stick with proven leadership, dump the baggers.

    October 27, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Is he going to admit, that he is including Medicaid signups, in his ObamaCare signup numbers???????

    NOOOOOO........that would be admitting the plan really puts millions on welfare health coverage.........for free........using the money that was supposed to be for senior health care!

    Obama is nothing but a thief.

    October 27, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Hal

    More empty rhetoric.
    More hollow promises.
    All talk, no action.
    Standard Obama Operating FAIL Procedure...

    Day 27 = website still having issues and needs millions to repair
    Day 27 = "the most transparent Administration in history" not providing the US public the enrollment numbers after millions of US tax dollars have been spent

    October 27, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. jpmichigan

    Majority of those signing up, are signing up for Medicaid. So it is free to them. So how will it be paid for, well lets see one way is with Medicare funds. He is planning to RAISE the payroll tax on Medicare to 3.9%. Less for seniors more for the unemployed and poor. Even though there are many poor seniors receiving both Medicare and Medicaid. Those who buy Medicare advantage to cover what Medicare doesn't, will pay more for the insurance premiums and co-pays. But after all that is said and done with ACA, there will still be millions of people uninsured. ACA does not cover all Americans.

    October 27, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    I support ACA reason I can save $300 per month (selfish)
    Problems
    For uninsured this is big task Obama fail to explain
    ACA is facing very poor marketing Obama failed again
    Both parties didn’t address Real Disadvantage of ACA
    ACA need improve

    October 27, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Magister

    Hey Tampa Tim....now comes the part where you demonstrate those magical mathematics where 12 percent unemployment is a gain. Get this in your head: SOCIALISM WILL BE DESTROYED.

    October 27, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Magister

    This just in: Obama is filthy and corrupt. Film at eleven.

    October 27, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    @rick McDaniel, see medicaide is state, Medicare is federal. Of welfare, think giving to our people is much better than War spending in Iraq, Afganistan, 30 billion yearly to Pakistan. Don't you agree? Tax 250 k or more earners to cover up GOP fault for a while.

    October 27, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Faceit

    Massachusetts is trying to get Casinos because this will help pay for the welfare, and free health benifits. The money through the lottery already is used for this purpose. This is why they have been pushing the Casinos. Also, President Obama is best friends with Deval Patrick who has been the Massachusetts govenor for several years. Deval Patrick is going to run for President, so this is all a political move on thier part to get this money from the lottery and other means such as Casinos to get Obamacare going. You see, nothing is free, and the money has to come from somewhere folks. BTW, the people of Massachusetts have voted down the Casinos many times, but they are still trying to push the bill through. The people don't want their neighborhoods to be ruined and traffic is already bad they are saying. Some say it is good others say it is bad..they will do what they want. End of story.

    October 27, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Stuffit

    LMAO at all those fools who believed Obozo when he told them their health insurance costs would be lower, thy could keep their doctors and plans. Now they are finding out how they were lied to. Since the media was complicit in the big lie along with the liberal democrats, they will also be blamed in 2014 and the TEA party has proven it was right.

    October 27, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Ronbet

    Dear God, he´s going to lie some more. It´s getting to be that I can´t remember a time when this fool wasn´t talking!

    October 27, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Gunderson

    News Update:
    Rome burn to ground, Obama Play Fiddle. Ok.

    October 27, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Scott Downer

    They put commercials up now to scare people to buy insurance .. Mind games ..Technology is putting people out of work .. Machines have no wealth to humanity ..People get rich because they get educated or have a product that people will by ..you have to agree that money that is collect with tax"s is for the few that was not given an opportunity or could not achieve an education ..But this is the Labor of capitalism and trade . People have developed into a thinking if they have a child or gets disabled for the reasons of greed or Women have kids for attention and kids learn that Government will take care of them it escalates then add immigration out of control we can not even pull ourselves out of the ditch if people are willing to work for nothing because of population .We need a Leader that can Stand his Ground for the future and strength of America ..President Obama has no structure of his own .. His Weakness is the gifts he promises and not the ballance of People and Gov. Stop the heartless control and start putting people to work ....There is an ass for every seat but the seats are all gone . we import 65 % of our goods if not more and only export our Jobs not our Goods ..well we do but it is not much .. We have some of the best farming land and water it is time we start using some of it !

    October 27, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Scott Downer

    undocumented illegal people even refugees are under bidding on contracts from paving roads to building Homes keeping Wages low .No Amnesty 14 billion Dollars wrongfully sent to illegals ..And 16 million $ the employees within the IRS owe tax"s ...And the IRS is going to handle the fines .. will this bring bad credit on people and screw up home loans or a car loan or even a business loan ? Controlled Health care is a path to controlling your freedom and liberties . We all ready import 3 times as much as we exports and Technology has put many people out of work .we are in a war we do not what But Terrorist do not care to stop . Bring 2 trillion $ back home with our kids NOW . Peace is Wealth some one tell This President

    October 27, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. NYC Steel

    Why is Barack Obama campaigning more? Why is he wasting more time making meaningless teleprompter speeches on the road? Why isn't he in DC doing the job? Why isn't he trying to manage the disastrous failure we see everywhere, with the terrible economy, the train wreck of Obamacare, the horrid foreign policy fiasco, etc? Obama did nothing to deal with the shut down and debt ceiling but offer ugly partisan demagoguery. In the end the dysfunctional failure of this destructive leadership ended up providing merely a short delay over these issues – so the entire debt ceiling and shut down issues will be revisited in a few months. Why is Obama not doing the job now to get something accomplished which would actually make a positive difference?

    October 27, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Winston Smith

    Get it right. The hyenas are smelling blood in the air. When they devour a carcass they eat bone and all.

    October 27, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. thomase

    Uh oh, website troubles. Better repeal aca.

    Derps.

    October 27, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Ferv888

    For the most transparent administration in history, this is most transparent. So Obama like last week when he all of a sudden had to speak about immigration, he now wants the MSM to follow the bouncing ball to Boston. Hmm, wonder why he and the MSM are going out of town? Do you think Kathleen Sebelius's appearing in front of Congress has anything to do with trying to pull attention away. WATCH THE FINGERS, THEY NEVER LEAVE THE HAND!!!!!

    October 27, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Catmandew

    Obama should be at work in his office, as should all of the government officials elected to office. There is plenty of problems to go around. I've done given up on any hope and change or forward on anything. History will look at this as one blunder after another. I think Obama shows a very poor work ethic he never completes one mistake and then starts two more. Course I digress he is an ex senator so he is well trained at doing nothing and getting paid for it.

    October 27, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. Ron L

    Reading these comments you can see some people REALLY HATE President Obama. He has clearly stated that the launching of the website is unacceptable. He has not attempted to cover it up and realizes it is a major obstacle and disappointment. And yet if you read the comments above you would swear he has said the opposite. Anyone who thinks the President of the United States should be standing over someone's shoulder to get this corrected is either ignorant or NEVER has had to participate in the launch of a complex system or project.

    October 27, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Tara

    Are Americans so dumb to believe that in a very short time span , more/everybody gets affordable healthcare and people will pay less.

    October 27, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |