President Barack Obama has been forced to defend again his controversial healthcare law following the revelation that an advisor said that the law was only passed, partially due to the “stupidity” of American voters.
The White House advisor made the comment after being part of the reform and has dealt President Obama another blow in regards to his healthcare law.
President Obama has spoken out in defence of the law which has enabled American citizens to have private health care coverage, even if they are uninsured.
The healthcare bill is aimed at providing sometimes life saving care for patients, even if they are unable to afford to pay for the insurance that is usually required for medical procedures to be paid for.
The healthcare reform has proved to be one of the most widely debated subjects of the Presidents time in office and has been analysed extensively.
Speaking during a press conference of the G20 leaders in Australia, President Obama said: “The fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with … is no reflection on the actual process that was run.”
He added: “I would just advise every press outlet here, go back and pull up every clip, every story … It was a tough debate.”
According to Reuters, President Obama was forced to make comment following the remarks made by Jonathan Gruber, a health economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who advised the White House on the Affordable Care Act as well as Massachusetts on the health law enacted by former presidential candidate Mitt Romney when he was governor of that state.
In several speeches from prior years that came to attention in the past week, Gruber said the law’s ultimate passage benefited from the “stupidity” of American voters, who did not fully understand the provisions.
The comments by Jonathan Gruber have been used by Republican members in Congress, many of whom are dedicated to repealing the healthcare act that has been brought in or at the very least, demanding parts to be abandoned in full.
While the disparaging comments were being made the White House took the opportunity to highlight some positive news about the health reforms and reported that 100,000 people were able to submit new online applications for health coverage during the start of open enrolment which took place over the weekend.
The HealthCare.gov website was troubled by technical problems in 2013 which led to the shut down of the operation within only minutes and pushed the healthcare reform brought in by President Obama to the very limit.