Obama On Health-care Site: ‘there’s No Excuse For The Problems, And They Are Being Fixed.’

By Scott Wilson , E-mail the writer President Obama gave a consumer-friendly defense of the health-care law Monday and assured the country that the problems many have faced while trying to enroll in new insurance plans would be fixed quickly. At the same time, Obama admonished Republican critics of the federal insurance exchange and its implementation, saying that it is time to stop rooting for its failure. Graphic Obamacare calculator: How much would you pay for insurance? More from PostPolitics The GOPs narcissism problem Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan More Republicans think GOP congressional members are more interested in themselves than they are in serving the country. Glenn Kessler The president cited a study for his interesting claim. Who did it and what did it say? 1. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday shows that a majority of Americans — 56 percent — believe flaws with the Web site reflect larger problems with the health-care law, an alarming trend for the administration. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-on-health-care-site-theres-no-excuse-for-the-problems-and-they-are-being-fixed/2013/10/21/6f09d9ca-3a5a-11e3-a94f-b58017bfee6c_story.html

Obama addresses health care website glitches

Sometimes all you have to do is show up at the White House. The White House assembled folks from all over the country who have successfully signed up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Some might say these are the only ones. Thats because the site run by the Department of Health and Human Services has so many glitches, that DHHS posted a blog over the weekend that admitted to a host of problems, from creating accounts to forms that wouldnt take information. And that led President Obama to state the obvious during the Rose Garden get-together. The problem has been that the website thats supposed to make it easy to apply for and purchase the insurance is not working the way it should for everybody. Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius was on hand to show shes large and in charge, and not taking the fall, at least right now. Her plan is to call in the cavalry, which, in this case, will consist of some of the countrys best and brightest tech experts from inside and outside of the government to use their combined talents to fix the problems. And that what led to the scene of a woman behind the president starting to fall over and being helped away from the group. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://newsfixnow.com/2013/10/22/obama-addresses-health-care-website-glitches/

Obama addresses glitches in health care rollout

Although administration officials have acknowledged issues with software and some elements of the system's design, they have repeatedly cited high consumer interest as among the factors overwhelming the website when people try to log on. "There's no question that the volume has caused some of the problems but also exposed some of the problems," White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday. However, Carney and other White House officials have yet to fully detail exactly what went wrong with the online system consumers were supposed to use to sign up for coverage. And Obama on Monday did not explain the problems in detail or why they were not fixed before sign-ups opened to the public. Officials say that at this point they are not considering extending the enrollment window beyond March 31. They also say they are not considering taking the website down for an extended period of time to address the problem, but instead will do that maintenance during low-traffic overnight hours. But Carney did appear to open the door to not penalizing those whose efforts to sign up were confounded by the system's problems. "The law is clear that if you do not have access to affordable health insurance, you will not be forced to pay a penalty," Carney said, without elaborating. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/national_world&id=9294852

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