Obama Hits the Road Today to Push ACA

By CBS News

Published 11/04 2013 04:58AM

Updated 11/04 2013 08:14AM

DALLAS --The White House is launching new campaign to talk up the Affordable Care Act. The efforts start this week with President Obama visiting volunteers in Dallas who are trying to sign people up for health insurance.

President Obama hits the road this week to build public support for the Affordable Care Act.
Sunday, a senior white house aide insisted the president was told the healthcare.gov website would work on Day 1. But says that's no excuse.
"The website failures are absolutely inexcusable, and we own that," said Dan Pfeiffer, senior White House Advisor, during an appearance on ABC's "This Week".

The website repeatedly crashed in the first month and was even down for repairs this weekend.

A new poll shows 48-percent of Americans surveyed believe the government has done a poor job of implementing the health care law.
“The president's concern is not poll numbers or political standing, it's getting this Web site working so that Americans -- million of Americans have access to quality affordable health insurance," Pfeiffer says.

The White House says the site will be fixed by the end of the month.  Republicans are skeptical.
"They're trying to change a tire on a car going 70 miles-an-hour down the expressway," says Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) on "Face the Nation".

Even some Democrats want healthcare.gov taken down for repairs.
"I said this direct to the president's chief of staff, that they ought to take down the website," says Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on "Face the Nation".

Americans are learning more about the new law. 55-percent of those polled say they know enough to understand how it impacts them, that's up eight percent in the last month.

The White House says, by the middle of the month, it will release numbers showing how many people signed up for health coverage during the first month of the enrollment period. But officials say the numbers will be lower than what they had hoped for.

(Susan McGinnis, CBS News)

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