Obama Defends Obamacare: "Not Just A Website, It's Much More"

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PRESIDENT OBAMA: I'm joined today by folks who have either benefitted from the Affordable Care Act already or are helping their fellow citizens learn about what this law means for them and how they can get covered. Of course, you've probably heard that healthcare.gov, the new website where people can apply for health insurance and browse and buy affordable plans in most states, hasn't worked as smoothly as it was supposed to work.

The number of people who have visited the site has been overwhelming, which has aggravated some of these underlying problems. Despite all of that, thousands of people are signing up and saving money as we speak. Many Americans with a preexisting condition are discovering that they can finally get health insurance like everybody else.

Today I want to speak to every American who is looking to get affordable health insurance. I want you to know what's available to you and why it may be a good deal for you. And for those who have had problems with the website, I want to tell you what we're doing to make it work better and how you can sign up to get covered in other ways. But before I do that, that lets me remind everybody that the Affordable Care Act is not just a website, it's much more.

For the vast majority of Americans, for 85% of Americans who have health insurance through your employer or Medicare or Medicaid, you don't need to sign up through a website at all. You've got coverage. What the Affordable Care Act does for you is to provide you with new benefits and protections that have been in place for some time.

You may not know it, but you're already benefiting from these provisions in the law. For example, young people like Jasmine and Jessica and Ezra, all of whom are here today, they've been able to stay on their parents' plans until they're 26. Millions of young Americans are currently benefiting from that part of law.

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