December 3rd, 2013
05:10 PM ET
1 year ago

After website woes, President pushes benefits of Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – Stop worrying about the website and start talking about Obamacare's benefits.

That was President Barack Obama's message to the nation on Tuesday as he kicked off a three-week public relations blitz intended to generate more participation in his signature health care reforms.

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  1. Tampa Tim

    In order to hurt 50 million people who do not have access to affordable health care, the republicans have shut down government, and caused a near default, affecting all of us in terribly. In the final analysis, 300 million people will have health care. It's the American way. Republicans who have called people with pre existing conditions deadbeats will rightfully pay at the ballot box.

    December 3, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Please!!! Stop the misinformation campaign from the right.

    December 3, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  3. Borderless

    There are benefits of Obamacare??

    December 3, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. tom l

    So stoked that I get to pay for this. Awesome.

    December 3, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  5. rs

    While those on the Right here prattle on "it isn't just about a bad web site", hoping to gin up hatred for the law, their miscalculation is that Americans want health insurance, access to affordable health care and freedom from the fear of disease, cancer and bankruptcy. The sign-up rate since the web site fix shows huge interest and enthusiasm. If the GOP were smart (and well, it isn't), it would accept that the ACA is now part of their landscape and work to improve the lives of Americans.
    I'm not holding my breath…..

    December 3, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    meanwhile cutting the health care of seniors by 24%, and making it impossible for seniors to get seen by a doctor.

    What's WRONG with this picture???????

    Obama wants to deny seniors the care they were taxed for, all their lives, to pay for his WELFARE to younger people.

    December 3, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Will republicans push the benefits of republi care? You can get kicked off for getting sick, you get premiums increasing 20% a year! your benefits are capped, you are uninsurable if you have a pre existing condition.

    December 3, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    It is difficult to overcome the lies from the Kochs, Fox, and the brain dead right wingnuts, but you have to try.

    December 3, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. Rogers

    Yes, lets go a head an d tell Americans about healthcare because the republican party has reverted to desperate measures such of making up lies and spreading non factual information about this the president's healthcare initiative just to criticize his presidency and the democratic party.

    The problem is that they reverted to this strategy as soon as Obama was elected back in 2008. They have never done anything else except make up lies and spread misinformation. That is their only strategy. Republicans should be voted out office in 2014 because when you think about it, they have not done anything in the last 5 years but only to say no to everything the president says.

    December 3, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Battered by two months of bad publicity over the Obamacare website,"

    Two full months of bad publicity, eh? Certainly NOT at CNN ... where the sun shines every day and never is bad news to be recycled ad nauseum 24/7.

    /sarcasm

    December 3, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Another round of huge lies from the liar in chief.

    December 3, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. Tampa Tim

    We will all be paying for the republican reign of error (2001-2009) for several generations.

    December 3, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. tom l

    MALZBERG, HOST: A lot of people said you weren’t going to be able to keep your health care, but also they focused on the death panels, which will be coming, call them what you will, rationing, is part of it...

    HALPERIN: No, I agree, and that’s going to be a huge issue, and that’s something else on which the president was not fully forthcoming and straightforward.

    MALZBERG: So, you believe there will be rationing, a.k.a. death panels?

    HALPERIN: It's built into the plan. It's not like a guess or like a judgment. That's going to be part of how costs are controlled.

    Mark Halperin writes for Time Magazine and is an MSNBC analyst.

    December 3, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Malory Archer

    tom l

    So stoked that I get to pay for this. Awesome.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Glad you feel that way tom. It's well past time for you to put on your big boy pants and pay your own way so those of us who have been picking up the tab when you show up at the ER for treatment of an ear infection will no longer have to carry you.

    December 3, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Malory Archer

    Rick McDaniel

    Another round of huge lies from reichwing liars about ANYTHING pertiaining to our Commander in Chief.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    FIFY. You're welcome.

    December 3, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Will they ever get the hint that no matter how much they push this mess, the majority of Americans simply don't want it?

    December 3, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Tampa Tim

    I think a right winger put it best, "What are the benefits of Obamacare?" No one who gets their misinformation from Limbaugh, Fox, the Kochs, or Cruz has a clue, but they keep on attacking.

    December 3, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. rs

    tom l

    So stoked that I get to pay for this. Awesome.
    ______________
    Patriots, real ones, pay their way, Tom.

    December 3, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    Another round of huge lies from the liar in chief.
    ________________________
    Coming on the heels of the week when the GOP laid out the whoppers on:
    The U.S. ending diplomatic relations with the Vatican
    That Obama was the only President EVER to skip the Gettysburg Address celebrations
    That Obama is a Communist
    wrapping up with:
    We're only dealing with Iran to cover up "Obamacare"
    Republicans are delusional- or far worse liars.

    December 3, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    You have to love the fact that the GOP has postioned itself as the party that does not want private health insurance to be extended to people, that they are satisfied that people have been forced to purchase lousy policies that do not cover their needs, and that they are against anything that does not benefit them personally. I guess the concept of individual working together towrds a common goal does not resonate with the GOP, since its only about the individual to them, and everyone else be damned. It does raise the question as to whether a party that raises individualism, greed and selfishness to such extreme levels can be trusted with the machinery of government for over 300 million people when all that matters to them is themselves.

    December 3, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. rs

    tom l

    MALZBERG, HOST: A lot of people said you weren’t going to be able to keep your health care, but also they focused on the death panels, which will be coming, call them what you will, rationing, is part of it...

    HALPERIN: No, I agree, and that’s going to be a huge issue, and that’s something else on which the president was not fully forthcoming and straightforward.

    MALZBERG: So, you believe there will be rationing, a.k.a. death panels?

    HALPERIN: It's built into the plan. It's not like a guess or like a judgment. That's going to be part of how costs are controlled.

    Mark Halperin writes for Time Magazine and is an MSNBC analyst.
    __________________
    You've morphed into Sarah Palin!
    Really Tom? When as recently as this year, health insurance providers could drop your health insurance FOR NO REASON AT ALL; could limit payments; or, refuse payment.... you think we now have death panels?

    December 3, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    meanwhile cutting the health care of seniors by 24%, and making it impossible for seniors to get seen by a doctor.

    What's WRONG with this picture???????
    ____________________
    Ummmm, it isn't real?

    December 3, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. shorething

    There are benefits to Obamacare? Really? Cause all I see is, paying higher premiums, higher copays, quadruple prices for prescriptions, still not better quality of care, no access to Doctor malpractice suits to see if they are of the quality you want in a doctor, and it is going to make my student loans harder to pay off. So what am I benefitting from this if all it does is make everything else in life a harder task to accomplish?

    December 3, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Malory Archer

    Rick McDaniel

    meanwhile cutting the health care of seniors by 24%, and making it impossible for seniors to get seen by a doctor.

    What's WRONG with this picture???????

    Obama wants to deny seniors the care they were taxed for, all their lives, to pay for his WELFARE to younger people.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Have you any proof to back up your lie? No? Didn't think so. Thanks for playing tho'.

    December 3, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. rs

    I love you guys on the Right today. Really? You are pushing the idea that Americans are better off without health care insurance, and somehow a programs designed to enroll 35 MILLION Americans will have no benefit whatsoever.

    You really think that doing it the old way- pre-exisiting conditions, higher rates for sick people (and women!), insurance companies being able to deny coverage or cancel policies at will, and our favorite annual 18-15% increases in rates.

    Delusion is SO strong today.

    Meanwhile the Republican Health Care Plan (if you ignore all the Republican stuff in the ACA) is...?

    December 3, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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