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Obama meets with Senate Democrats to discuss healthcare rollout

English.news.cn   2013-11-07 06:25:34            

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday met with more than a dozen Senate Democrats to discuss the healthcare overhaul rollout, the White House said.

The Democrats, most of whom face reelection next year, gave their "input on existing challenges with implementation of the Affordable Care Act" to the president, according to a White House statement issued Wednesday.

Obama also discussed "ongoing efforts to fix HealthCare.gov and improve the experience of Americans looking to enroll in coverage" with the senators.

High profile failures of HealthCare.gov, an online marketplace for health insurance policies, has put the Obama administration on defensive in recent weeks. Commentators believe public outrage with the problem was a main contributor to the close gubernatorial race held in the state of Virginia Tuesday, where Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, who was originally expected to coast to a victory, just barely beat Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli.

During the last days of the Virginian campaign, Cuccinelli focused his attacks on Obamacare, which hurt McAuliffe badly.

According to the White House statement, Obama reiterated his commitment to ensuring that "Americans who want to enroll in health insurance through the Marketplaces are able to do so in time for insurance coverage to start as early as January 1st, and throughout the open enrollment period which goes through March 31. "

He also discussed ongoing efforts to ramp up communication and education outreach to consumers who have received or might receive letters about how their individual market plans might be affected.

Editor: Mengjie
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