November 30, 2013
After two months of relentless criticism about the troubled rollout of the new federal health care law, Saturday marks the day when President Barack Obama pledged that the flawed website, HealthCare.gov, would be fixed.
White House officials say they expect that vow to be fulfilled, at least for the vast majority of Americans who need to access the website to sign up for health insurance. But anything less than success Saturday probably will be a crippling blow in a second term where Obama faces many tough political challenges, from budget battles to negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.
The HealthCare.gov rollout disaster has sapped the president’s popularity, sending his approval rating in recent opinion polls to its lowest level ever. That gives the relaunch of the website an importance that goes beyond the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which already was considered the president’s signature domestic achievement.