Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, December 2, 2013
Fresh on the heels of the news of the low Obamacare enrollment numbers released Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney visibly struggled to explain to reporters why his boss had yet to enroll his family in the healthcare exchanges created through the Affordable Care Act.
“I don’t have an update for you on that,” Carney told the White House press corps during Monday’s daily press briefing. “I know that he has said that he will and the White House has said that he will but I don’t have an update.”
The press secretary then deflected a request to have the president sign up online in front of the press. “I’ll get back to you,” he quipped rather uncomfortably.
A White House official told USA TODAY back in 2010 that the president would enroll in the healthcare exchanges when the time came.
Carney also acknowledged during the press conference that the president doesn’t have an issue with Americans calling his Affordable Care Act “Obamacare.”
“I know I’m fine with calling it ‘Obamacare.’ The president’s fine with it,” he said. ”We’re focused on making sure that the ‘care’ part is delivered to the Americans who want it. And whether it’s the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare or anything else, what matters to the president is that the benefits available to every American who gets covered, either through the exchanges or has coverage already, are delivered.”
Watch Carney’s remarks below.