Biden: I Would Nominate Obama For Sainthood For Dealing With Health Care Problems
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Vice President Joe Biden believes that most Americans won’t see what the big deal was about Obamacare 20 years from now.
Biden made the comment at the National Association of Community Health Centers Friday as the Affordable Care Act was celebrating its fourth anniversary.
“Twenty years from now everyone’s going to wonder, ‘What’s the big deal? Doesn’t every country do this?’” Biden said, according to CBS News.
Biden was pushing health care professionals at the event to enroll more people ahead of the March 31 open enrollment deadline.
“In these last 10 days, push as hard as you can,” Biden stated. “The higher the numbers the more certitude this is going to last forever.
Biden joked President Barack Obama should become a saint after dealing with all the technical problems with HealthCare.gov.
“I would nominate him for sainthood,” Biden said, adding that the website is “basically fixed.”
Biden also discussed the difficulties the administration has had trying to get people enrolled.
“If it’s difficult for people who have been able to have, and have afforded, health care their whole adult life … we shouldn’t be surprised it’s complicated for people who thought they’d never be able to have insurance,” Biden said, adding that “we didn’t help you here much on the front end.”
Millions of Americans will remain uninsured despite this week’s final, frenzied push to sign them up under the health law.
Across the country, many of the uninsured just don’t know much about the health overhaul and its March 31 deadline for enrolling in plans that can yield big discounts, researchers say.
An Associated Press-GfK poll found that only one-fourth of the uninsured had tried to sign up through the state or federal insurance marketplaces, also known as exchanges, by late January. If they don’t enroll in time, many will face a fine and be locked out of the subsidized plans until next year.
The administration says that 5 million Americans have enrolled in Obamacare so far.
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