White House: Politics? What politics?

“The fact is that he’s focused on delivering the access to quality and affordable health insurance to the American people that the Affordable Care Act promises,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday. “He’s not concerned about the politics of that.”

But earlier in the day, Obama met at the White House with Senate Democrats who will face the voters in 2014 to assure them the Obamacare rollout will be fixed before it causes them too much political damage. And that afternoon, Obama spoke about health care in Texas — home of top Obamacare foes Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz.

Of course, the White House kept up the apolitical argument, introducing a Twitter hashtag #PeopleOverPolitics and tried to tie the trip – scheduled to accommodate a Democratic fundraiser – to highlighting Perry’s refusal to accept a federal Medicaid expansion in the state.

“This isn’t a political issue. This is about making sure people where they live have access to good quality, affordable health care,” White House deputy senior adviser for communications and strategy David Simas told reporters.