Obama heads to Boston to tout health care

Posted by Lesley Clark on October 28, 2013 

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President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House on Friday, August 9, 2013, in Washington, DC.

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With the rollout marred by a glitchy website, President Obama heads to Boston on Wednesday to deliver his latest defense of his health care law.

Obama will appear at Faneuil Hall - the same site where former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney -- Obama's 2012 Republican presidential challenger -- signed similar legislation into law in 2006.

The White House says Obama will "deliver remarks on the importance of providing all Americans with quality, affordable health insurance and the experience in Massachusetts, which passed its bipartisan health care law in 2006."

Press Secretary Jay Carney called Massachusetts "an interesting place to visit because of the Massachusetts experience" and suggested there was a lesson to be learned from the rollout of Romney's health care plan, which he said, "had its own launch difficulties," including a slow sign up.

"We know from experience in Massachusetts, enrollment of healthy adults remained low until just before the deadline," Carney said. He said that in the first month of "what was known as Romneycare," 10,000 people signed up for plans with no premium and Medicaid, and only 123 premium-paying enrollees signed up in the first month.

"Think about that ratio, if you will," Carney said, "And imagine the stories that were probably generated at the time about how the whole thing was going to fail, when, in fact, the opposite turned out to be true."

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