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President Obama extolls Affordable Care Act benefits

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - While his last true campaign ended one year ago, the President is back on the trail, in a way – stumping not for votes but enrollees for the Affordable Care Act.

"I'm gonna need some help to spread the word about the law, about its benefits, its protections -- tell your friends, tell your family!" Obama said.

It’s the first in a now daily push between now and December 23rd to get as many as possible to sign up. That is the deadline if you want coverage beginning January 1st of next year.

Through social media, surrogates and President Obama say the website has improved, and the problems are the exception and not the rule. Obama hopes to gain millions of enrollees – especially those that are young and healthy – in a matter of months.

“We're not gonna walk away from it; if I gotta fight another three years to make sure this law works, that's what I'll do," he said.

However, opponents on Tuesday argued that very little has gone as planned, thus the need for repeal. They also question why the President is working so hard to sell it if it's so great.

"The Obama administration tried to hide a one-year, unilateral delay," argued Republican Rep. Eric Cantor. "One has to ask, what else are they hiding!"

The White House is also taking hits for the President’s renewed push, asking if all of this is really necessary – especially if it’s still a controversial and flawed law.

"Because the law passed, the president won re-election, the Supreme Court upheld it, a million people showed up on the website yesterday, and guess what, 380 showed up before noon today," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

 

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