Obama: ‘To Implement Affordable Care Act in 2014 … I’ve Got to Win in 2012’

By Fred Lucas | December 1, 2011 | 12:49 PM EST

President Barack Obama speaking at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City on Nov. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(CNSNews.com) – Speaking at a campaign fundraising event at the Gotham Bar and Grille in New York City on Wednesday, President Barack Obama told a group of supporters he needed to win reelection next year to make sure the health-care law he signed in 2010 will actually be fully implemented in 2014 as planned.

“We still have a health care system that has to get more efficient and that has to improve its quality,” Obama said, according to a White House transcript. “And so we're going to have to implement the Affordable Care Act in 2014, and that means I've got to win in 2012.”

The law Obama signed mandates that by 2104 all must purchase a health-care plan that meets government requirements.  The constitutionality of this mandate has been challenged in federal court and the Supreme Court has said it will hear the case in this session.

On Jan. 19, the Repubican-controlled House of Representatives voted 245 to 189 for legislation that would repeal Obama's health care law. All of the Republican presidential candidates have said they would sign such a bill if they were elected.

The fundraising event at Gotham Bar and Grill cost $35,800 per ticket, according to the Associated Press.