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Obama: 'No excuse' for health care signup problems

Published: Mon, October 21, 2013 @ 3:37 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama today said there was "no excuse" for the cascade of computer problems that have marred the rollout of a key element in his health care law, but declared he was confident the administration would be able to fix the issues.

"There's no sugarcoating it," Obama said. "Nobody is more frustrated than I am."

The president said his administration was doing "everything we can possibly do" to get the federally run websites where people are supposed to apply for insurance up and running. That includes bringing in additional technology experts from inside and outside the government to work on the issues.

People have until March 31 to sign up for coverage. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office had projected that about 7 million people would gain coverage through the exchanges during the first year.

The president on Monday guaranteed that everyone who wants to get insurance through the new health care exchanges will be able to, even if they have to enroll over the phone or fill out a paper application.

The White House also appeared to open the door to the possibility that people trying to purchase insurance who were confounded by website problems might be exempted from the law's penalty for remaining uninsured after March 31.


1rickking123(292 comments)posted 11 months ago

You really can't blame the government for not having the website up and running properly since it only had 3 years to set the thing up and run beta testing.

And you really want the government running health care in this country??

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276Ytown(1241 comments)posted 11 months ago

And as far as job creation...the company that was hired to do the job (the only bid) was a Canadian company that in fact was fired by Canada for not completing the job.

CGI Federal’s parent company, Montreal-based CGI Group, was officially terminated in September 2012 by an Ontario government health agency after the firm missed three years of deadlines and failed to deliver the province’s flagship online medical registry.



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3JoeFromHubbard(1038 comments)posted 11 months ago

There is really no excuse for Obamacare.

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4Knightcap(699 comments)posted 11 months ago

Why does this not surprise me. It's only going to get worse for everyone. You elect a community organizer for president and that's what you get. Someone who knows how to tack community event posters on a telephone poles. That's about it.

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