TIME: So how much of your day are you spending on this?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I think over the last two, three weeks I’d say I’m spending at least a third of my day focused on it. Now, that can manifest itself in different ways. Certainly we spend a lot of time with our health-care team talking both policy and politics. I’m reaching out to members of Congress, meeting with them or talking to them on the phone to get their perspectives. Speaking to the public is absolutely critical, and so today, for example, I was over at AARP trying to answer questions of the public. So whenever we’re in the middle of a big legislative effort like this, it’s going to attract a lot of my attention, as well as my team’s attention.