- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In a surprise video message, President Obama on Tuesday thanked nearly 1,000 people tied to the nationwide effort to enroll people through his health care law, saying they cannot let up now because billionaire donors on “the other side” will try to roll back their gains.

“I’ll take you any day of the week,” he told attendees at Enroll America’s “State of Enrollment” conference in downtown Washington.

Enroll America is a nonprofit ally of the White House that touted Obamacare in the run-up to its first open enrollment season. This week’s conference was a celebration of sorts for volunteers, after 8 million people signed up for private coverage on the law’s exchanges.

“I could not be more grateful to you for all you’re doing to help Americans get covered,” Mr. Obama said.

At the same time, organization President Anne Filipic acknowledged the law’s rocky start and said they cannot let up in the face of a highly politicized climate.

“Now is not the time to slow down our efforts, or rest on our heels,” she said.

Many questions remain about the law, such as whether new enrollees can pay for their coverage and keep it, whether premiums will use more slowly or more sharply than in the past, and if people in low-level plans can afford their deductibles.

Congressional Republicans are using the law’s unpopular aspects in a bid to retake the Senate and control Congress. They say that majorities on both sides of the Capitol will give them leverage over Mr. Obama’s veto pen as they try to replace Obamacare with their own, “market-driven” reforms.