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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"Obamacare" escaped unharmed from the government shutdown Republicans hoped would stop it.
But there's a new GOP line of attack. It's one handed to them by the administration itself.
As Congress argued, President Barack Obama's plan to cover the uninsured suffered a self-inflicted wound.
A computer system that seemed like it was designed by gremlins gummed up the launch of open enrollment season.
Three weeks later, it's still not fixed.
Republicans hope to ride that and other defects they see in the law into the 2014 congressional elections.
Four Democratic senators are facing re-election for the first time since they voted for the Affordable Care Act, and their defeat is critical to GOP aspirations for a Senate majority.
Democrats say that's just more wishful thinking, if not obsession.
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