Obama Addresses Widespread Health Care Problems

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 10/21/13 1:21 PM CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A lot of people who've been trying to register for the online insurance exchanges that are part of President Barack Obama's health care law have been frustrated by computer problems -- but Obama says nobody is more frustrated about it than he is.

Speaking at a Rose Garden event Monday, Obama said he's confident the administration will be able to fix the problems. He guaranteed that everyone who wants to get insurance through the new exchanges will be able to do so, even if they have to enroll over the phone or fill out a paper application.

People have until the end of March to sign up for coverage.

The White House says more than 19 million people have visited HeathCare.gov since the site went live at the beginning of this month. 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.

Republicans, meanwhile, are stepping up their criticism of the health care law. Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska says overhauling the website won't fix what he says is the "underlying fact" that the health care law isn't "workable."


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is acknowledging his health care law's rollout "hasn't worked as smoothly as it's supposed to work."

Obama is encouraging Americans who want to sign up for insurance under new government exchanges to keep trying. He spoke from the White House's Rose Garden.

The remarks came at Obama's first health care event since widespread problems with sign-ups online became apparent.

He blamed problems in part to an overwhelming response. He says the program doesn't depend on website and there are other ways to sign up.

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