Obama Addresses Obamacare Glitches in Rose Garden Speech

Rose Garden Speech

President Obama held a Rose Garden press conference today to acknowledge the widespread technical issues that have been plaguing the Obamacare sign-up website. There’s nothing like a Rose Garden speech to smooth over technical difficulties!

The health care website has been experiencing a few/more than a few glitches since it launched on October 1 and now that the government shutdown has stopped dominating the news, attention has turned back to the website’s functionality problems.

Obama admitted that healthcare.gov “hasn’t worked as smoothly as it was supposed to work” but that despite its problems, the site was still delivering affordable coverage.

Part of the problem has been the number of Americans eager to check it out. Since it’s launch, HealthCare.gov has had about 19 million unique visits and an estimated 476,000 have attempted to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

“The number of people who’ve visited the site has been overwhelming, which has aggravated some of these underlying problems,” Obama said.

“There’s no sugar coating – the website has been too slow, people have been getting stuck during the application process, and I think it’s fair to say that nobody’s more frustrated by that than I am.

“And there’s no excuse for the problems,” he added, “and these problems are getting fixed.”

And how are they getting fixed? With computer geeks! The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking the “best and brightest” tech experts from both the public and private sector to work on HealthCare.gov.

But until that happens (which experts say may not be until December…), Obama brought along a few pals/”randomly” selected individuals to the Rose Garden conference who have successfully enrolled in the health care exchanges and LOVED it!

One model Obamacare example says she had “a number of frustrating attempts” to use the site but kept trying and now will save $150 a month and doesn’t have to worry about being rejected because of a pre-existing condition.

Republicans are still not convinced.

“ObamaCare is collapsing under its own weight, and a Rose Garden speech isn’t going to fix it,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

Neither is shutting down the government, but it was worth a try – right?

Via: BBC News

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