President Obama is calling in a favor with the same army of volunteers that first got him elected to the White House exactly five years ago.
On the eve of 2013’s Election Day, President Obama reminded his base why they fought for health care reform and asked for their help making it a success.
“I don’t want any of you to ever lose sight of why we got involved in this thing in the first place,” said Obama speaking Monday at a health care Organizing for Action summit in Washington, D.C. “We decided we need to build something better, no matter how hard it is.”
Recent weeks have not been kind to the Affordable Care Act, the president’s signature health care law. Obamacare has been met with fierce GOP opposition since its inception, facing down threats to repeal it, defund it, outlaw it, and shutting down the government over it. After a glitchy rollout to the federal insurance exchange website last month–a problem Team Obama has vowed to fix–the law has taken new round of beatings among Republican lawmakers.
Obama asked OFA, the off-shoot grassroots organization of Obama’s campaign arm, to “go out there and share these stories, far and wide” about the positive impact of health care reform on the average citizens.
“I’ve got one more campaign in me–the campaign to make sure that this law works for every single person in America,” said Obama. “I need your help to implement this law. I need your help to educate folks about this law.”
He suggested supporters push Obamacare on “front lines” by making calls and canvassing door-to-door once again.
OFA billed the event as “an opportunity to hear from groups and individuals about the excitement they are seeing around ObamaCare and the importance of the six-month period when so many will sign up for affordable healthcare.”