President Obama on Thursday
will try to stem a recent tide of negative developments for his health care overhaul, as he looks to drown out Republican criticisms of his signature legislative achievement with a focus on what he considers the real-world benefits of the polarizing law.
The president is stepping up his defense of the Affordable Care Act ahead of open enrollment for Obamacare in October, when the fate of the program could be determined by whether younger, healthier people decide to participate.
The administration recently announced it would delay until 2015 the requirement that employers provide insurance coverage to their workers or pay a fine, giving the GOP a new opening on the issue.
The White House is now asking the public to ignore the simmering debate in Washington.
“It’s been for many just defined as a political football between Democrats and Republicans without a real tangible effect on their daily lives,” a senior administration official said, previewing the president’s remarks. “The abstraction is evaporating: It’s going away.”