Promising a "big push these last few weeks," President Barack Obama said that he and the first lady would be working hard to get millions more signed up for the Affordable Care Act. With about four million people currently enrolled, Obama blamed the glitch-filled website and the steadfast opposition for the underwhelming results of his landmark healthcare initiative.
Speaking to 300 members of Organizing for America, an advocacy group founded by former Obama campaign aides, and later to supporters at an invitation-only dinner at the Washington Hotel, Obama said that it was now or never for healthcare sign-ups.
"Four million people have already signed up because of you," Obama said.
But he placed an emphasis on people who have not yet signed up: "If they want health insurance now, they need to sign up now.”
"We've only got a few weeks left. March 31st, that's the last call," Obama said. Those who haven’t signed up risk being fined before enrollment begins again in fall.
Obama pointed to both issues with the HealthCare.gov website and the "implacable opposition" for the low enrollment, which, he said, had spent hundreds of millions or even billions to fight the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Vice President Joe Biden said during a trip to Minneapolis last week that the new sign-up goal is 7 million.
“We may not get to seven million, we may get to five or six, but that’s a hell of a start,” Biden said. “I’m here to say thanks.”