Administration, allies to push Obamacare success stories
December 29th, 2013
04:53 PM ET
4 months ago

Administration, allies to push Obamacare success stories

(CNN) - As the new year rolls in this week and people who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act start seeing the effects of their coverage, the Obama administration will be plucking out the success stories for the limelight.

The goal is to demonstrate what officials have been saying all along: Once people start using their new insurance plans, they'll view Obamacare in a more favorable light.

A White House official said the administration has been working with Congressional Democrats and other health care allies on an effort to find and highlight positive stories, using interviews, opinion pieces, blogs, videos and social media.

"We know that the stories of Americans who are getting coverage - whether they were previously uninsured or underinsured - is one of the most compelling ways we can continue to encourage consumers to sign up for insurance over the remaining months of open enrollment," the official said.

March 31 marks the deadline for individuals to purchase health care insurance or else face a penalty.

Those who wanted their coverage to start by January 1 had to sign up by December 24.

After the rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov and news that millions lost their health insurance plans because those policies failed to meet new standards, White House official acknowledged they don't expect the new campaign "to solve the challenges we face with the public's perception of the Affordable Care Act."

Featuring the success stories will mark a counteroffensive to the already-known GOP playbook that seeks to draw out and publicize negative stories about Obamacare.


Filed under: Health care • Obamacare
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. RD

    When people can sign up, is it a success story? It will be a success when people who have signed up on the exchange figure out if they are actually insured after Jan.1.

    December 30, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  2. TeaParty4Life

    Some of you?? About the handful of you free loaders living off the backs of the rest of us. You are blind to this administrations nonsense if you think this bogus law is helping the American people. But u are a liberal and can't see passed your own face. Selfish and immoral!

    December 30, 2013 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  3. BeenThereDoneThat

    The ACA was originally a REPUBLICAN idea. Now they're feigning outrage because DEMOCRATS enacted it! Sorry, Charlie!

    December 30, 2013 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  4. BeenThereDoneThat

    Revulsivecans coined "Obamacare" as an insult, but Prez called their bluff. Now it's ACA's defacto name! Eat that, Reps!

    December 30, 2013 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  5. bluesdoc70

    The CBO estimates seven to ten million will be losing their employer based coverage in the coming year. Or they're going to be hit with huge premium increases and higher deductibles. Obamacare is a wealth re-distribution scheme. And a whole bunch of folks are about to see their money re-distributed to illegals and Obama's homeys.

    December 30, 2013 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  6. Paul

    Just wait until the employer mandate kicks in and we will see the other shoe drop

    December 30, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  7. Minnie Mouse

    The Affordable Care Act is making sure that everyone is being responsible for taking care of their own health care and that everyone is getting better care now. This law will be successful and is100% necessary. It wasn't right for years to be deny people health care coverage due to pre-existing conditions. Once you hit a certain dollar limited and maxed out your insurance then providers stopped paying for your health care, so you couldn't get the care needed because your paying it all out of pocket. These are all of the things that have stopped and are changed now because of the ACA.

    You don't ever know what's going to happen today or in you future. Buying health care insurance is the best way to be prepared for yourself and your family. For the people who don't think they need it, just don't take life for granted!.

    I am 45 today and was diagnosed with one lifetime illness at the age of 18, and another lifetime illness at the age 21 that all are still on going treatment because there are no cures.

    The ACA is only going to benefit everyone and not hurt anyone. It's better to pay a monthly payment on your care, then ending up losing your house and to file bankruptcy if a major accident or something happens and your stuck with massively huge medical bills you can't pay. One trip to the emergency is all it's takes when you don't have insurance to set you back financially or one trip to the doctors office and with prescriptions with no insurance then, there goes your entire mortgage payment ect..

    December 30, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  8. The don

    Wendell, folks hear about freeloaders everyday.

    December 30, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  9. Dean

    Once people actually start using their insurance plans, they'll see how bad they've been screwed. Thanks Obama.

    December 30, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
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