President Obama encourages Americans to take advantage of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In his weekly address, President Barack Obama reminded Americans open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins on Saturday. He encouraged people to visit HealthCare.gov, the federal website where people can enroll for insurance. "If you missed your chance to get covered last year, here's the good news. Starting November 15th, today, you can go online or call 1-800-318-2596 and get covered for 2015. And we've spent the last year improving and upgrading HealthCare.gov, to make it faster and easier to use," Obama said. The site launched for the first time a year ago but tech snafus made it virtually unuseable for weeks, giving plenty of ammunition for critics of the 2010 law that aimed to make healthcare more affordable for millions of Americans. The Nov. 15-Feb. 15 open enrollment period allows qualified Americans to obtain private health coverage, often with federally subsidized premiums. Premiums overall appear stable, although some existing plans may rise in price and newer policies may offer consumers better terms.