By Justin Sink - 11/08/13 02:34 PM EST
President Obama said Wednesday he wanted to go in himself to fix the ObamaCare website, but was only foiled by his lack of technical knowledge. [WATCH VIDEO]
The president, who has seen his approval numbers battered by the rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act, nevertheless maintained that the program's fortunes would soon turn.
"We're going to fix the website, because the insurance plans are there, they are good, and millions of Americans are already finding that they'll gain better coverage for less cost and it's the right thing to do," Obama said.
He predicted that once the plan was "working really well," his opponents would stop referring to the bill as "ObamaCare."
"They're going to call it something else," he quipped.
The president also chastised Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who was in attendance at the event, for his decision not to expand Medicaid to poor residents in his state.
Originally, the ACA mandates states expand government insurance to those living below or just above the poverty line. But the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government couldn't force states to take up the program, and some Republicans — including Jindal — have opted not to.
"Even if you don't support the overall plan, let's at least go ahead and make sure that the folks who don't have health insurance right now and can get it through an expanded Medicaid," Obama said. "It's the right thing to do."
Some 265,000 Louisiana residents stand to gain coverage if Medicaid was expanded.
Obama said that no matter what, taxpayers were footing the bill for poor resident's healthcare.
"We just pay for the most expensive version, which is when they go to the emergency room because what happens is the hospitals have to take sick folk," Obama said. "They're not just going to leave them on the streets."
Following the event in New Orleans, the president was headed to Miami where he will host a pair of fundraisers for Democratic senatorial candidates.