Former senior White House adviser David Plouffe expects up to 8 million Americans will sign up for insurance on Healthcare.gov by March 2014 and that President Barack Obama will benefit politically when they do.
"There's a huge interest out there," Plouffe said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "People want healthcare. They're going to be able to get healthcare."
Although Obama's poll numbers have plunged, particularly after millions of Americans' insurers dropped them from their plans, Plouffe said they will rebound.
"I'm confident, in a few months from now, those trust numbers are going to come up," he said. "It's just a fact, and it may take until 2017, when this president leaves office, you're going to see almost every state in this country running their own exchanges eventually and expanding Medicaid, and I think it'll work really well then."
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, also appearing on the ABC show, defended the glitches in Healthcare.gov and praised Obama for owning up to the misnomer that all insured American would be able to keep their policies.
"This Web site is technology," Ellison said. "It's going to get better. It's already better today. We're only going to be working out more kinks as we go forward. We're getting to point where, yes, there a few problems we're working through now but we can see the end of that era and to a new time when people will be able to get sick and get care and not worry about being dropped and not worry about going bankrupt."
When millions of Americans, to their surprise, were dumped by their insurers following the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in October, Obama owned up to the issue, Ellison said.
"Even though he might have said if you like your decent insurance then you can keep it, I think that people really get that," he said, referring to the fact that the majority of those receiving cancellation notices had policies that lacked basic consumer protections. "He owned it. I think that shows integrity."
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