President Obama is fighting back against arguments that he misled the American people when he made the case for congressional approval of his signature health care law.
He and his aides say the president didn't intentionally deceive the country, and he is asking his supporters to rally behind the measure.
Obama told 200 leaders of Organizing for Action, a pro-Obama group, Monday in Washington, "I need your help to implement this law. I need your help to educate folks about this law." He is expected to make the same case in Dallas on Wednesday and at other venues in the coming weeks.
Obama has been sharply criticized for promising repeatedly in the past, "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan." But it turns out that many Americans won't be able to keep their health care plans after all because the plans don't provide the minimum benefits that the government now wants or for other reasons.
Obama also pledged to make sure the problem-plagued health-care enrollment website is working properly as soon as possible. He said the law will eventually help millions of Americans to get health insurance and improve their coverage.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was barraged with questions from reporters Monday about the faulty website and Obama's "you'll-be-able-to-keep-your-health-care plan" promise. Carney insisted that the law is sound and that whatever has gone wrong will be fixed and that past misunderstandings will be clarified.
Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog, "Ken Walsh's Washington," for usnews.com, and "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He is the author of the new book "Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America's Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership." Ken Walsh can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Facebook and Twitter.