Joe Biden tried to lift the spirits of National Association of Community Health members and told them not to be discouraged by the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Ideally, they’d emulate the president’s supernatural patience.
The vice president conceded that “we didn’t help you much in the frontend” with the bungled rollout of the website, but that President Obama was “an incredibly patient man” throughout the process.
“I suggested after going through the first couple weeks I would nominate him for sainthood had he kept his patience,” he said.
Claiming those problems are in the past, Biden asked attendees to turn their focus to helping people enroll before the end of the month, particularly because some may be ignorant about the challenges the sign-up process poses. “It’s complicated, so we shouldn’t be surprised that it’s complicated for people who have never thought they’d be able to have insurance,” he said.
“How many people have you spoken to you can tell by the look on their face they’re almost embarrassed to asks you the questions, because they don’t want to look stupid?” Biden asked.
He praised attendees for helping prospective enrollees walk through the “tedious” process, and urged them to keep it up before the end of the month.