(by Reid J. Epstein, Politico) -- Touting the latest White House Obamacare benchmark, President Barack Obama told his political base not to be discouraged by partisan attacks and stressed that their cause is divine.
About 4 million people have signed up for private health care plans under the Affordable Care Act, Obama said Tuesday night at an Organizing for Action event in Washington, urging his supporters to keep pushing to enroll as many people as possible before the March 31 deadline.
“We’re going to make a big push these last few weeks,” Obama told OFA volunteers and officials. “I can talk, my team can talk here in Washington, but it’s not going to make as much of a difference as if you are out there making the case. The work you’re doing is God’s work. It is hard work.”
Obama’s remarks contained a series of implicit and explicit shots at congressional Republicans and conservative interest groups that are funding anti-Obamacare campaigns.
“You don’t have the prerogative to just go around and say no to everything,” Obama said. “You don’t have the prerogative to just be cynical. You don think that the country moves forward just on its own.”
The president urged OFA members to recruit Republicans friends and relatives to enroll in Obamacare – telling them to tell people not to believe what they might hear on “the wrong newscast.” He cited “a combination of an implacable opposition that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars if not billions of dollars to spread misinformation” and the faulty HealthCare.gov as the reason “a lot of people who really could use this coverage are unsure. We’ve got to make sure that they know that this will pay off for them.