Nov. 6 - President Barack Obama tells volunteers in Dallas that despite challenges in implementing the Affordable Care Act, families in Texas will have access to affordable, high quality health insurance, vowing ''to get this done.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: While acknowledging challenges in implementing the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama told volunteers in Dallas, families in Texas will have access to affordable, high quality health insurance, saying "We are going to get this done." Obama spoke to about 150 volunteers who have been helping consumers learn about how to enroll in health insurance plans. Earlier on Wednesday (November 6), Obama met with frustrated Senate Democrats, some of whom fear the disastrous rollout of his signature healthcare law could complicate their already difficult re-election fights in 2014. The Obama administration has weathered intense criticism since hundreds of thousands of people have seen their health insurance policies canceled because they do not meet new benefit requirements, despite Obama's pledge that Americans could keep their current plans under Obamacare. The fallout has been exacerbated by the fact that these people cannot shop easily for insurance alternatives on the malfunctioning website, HealthCare.gov. Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, sat down with 16 Senate Democrats, 15 of them who are up for re-election next year, many of them facing competitive races. The White House said Obama discussed efforts to ramp up communication and education outreach to consumers who have received or might receive letters about how their individual health plans might be affected. As many as 7 million Americans were expected to sign up for coverage in the first year through the online exchanges established under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The law, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last year, mandates everyone have healthcare insurance coverage or pay a tax A significant shortfall in enrollees, particularly among young and healthy people who cost less to insure, would undermine the ability of the exchanges to work financially. The meeting was held just before Obama left for his trip to Dallas to visit with the group of volunteers who are helping people sign up for health insurance. This is part of a push by senior officials to highlight the program in cities with the highest number of uninsured residents.