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President Admits Problems With Obamacare Website

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  Original Published: 10/23/2013

With all the failures associated with the Obamacare website, the President wants to stress that the Affordable Care Act is more than just a website. CNN's Brianna Keilar reports Presdient Barack Obama is trying to focus on the positive. An embarrassing moment for President Obama, forced to defend his signature health care reform program. "Of course you've probably heard that Healthcare.gov, the new website where people can apply for health insurance and browse and buy affordable plans in most states, hasn't worked as smoothly as it was supposed to work," President Obama said. "The product is good. The health insurance that's being provided is good. It's high quality, and it's affordable." He instructed Americans to call in. "I want to repeat that, 1-800-318-2596," said President Obama. But it's a slow process, as CNN's Senior Medical Producer Danielle Dellorto found out. "So, basically, today, you would just apply for me, I would wait a week or two and then I call you back once I have my eligibility, and then we would go over the plans?" she asked. Not exactly what President Obama had in mind five days before the Obamacare website launched, when he said you could buy insurance. "Same way you shop for a TV on Amazon," President Obama said. In states that launched their own websites, users have had better luck. Janice Baker, the first person to sign up in Delaware, was facing the possibility of going without insurance due to relatively minor pre-existing conditions. "Osteoporosis, cholesterol, things like that," Baker said. "Aand you were denied how many times?" asked CNN's Brianna Keilar. "Three," Baker answered. But on the federal site, 21 days since it launched, many Americans are still unable to enroll in Obamacare. Come mid-February, they could face a penalty if they don't have insurance unless that deadline is delayed. "But you're indicating there's, there's flexibility there in the law if folks," Keilar commented to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. "I would simply refer you to HHS for more details, but we're working on,or they are working on aligning those policies: the enrollment period and the individual responsibility timeframe period, and they'll issue guidance soon," Carney said.

   
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