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He'll do so at an event today at 11:25 a.m.

U.S. President Barack Obama has called the issues with the website "unacceptable" at an event this morning.

According to Reuters, Obama announced a plan to address the recent problems with at an event today in the White House Rose Garden. Consumers, pharmacists and business owners were in attendance. 

With the rollout of Obamacare on October 1, a key part of the program is consumer accessibility to in order to select new insurance plans. The idea behind it is to bring health insurance to Americans that have gone without, and it also doesn't prevent those with pre-existing conditions to apply. 

But the White House didn't expect to see the amount of traffic it did when Obamacare began. Within the first 10 days, there were over 19 million visits to the site. This led to many technical problems with the site, such as jumbled text, error messages and delays with loading pages. 

Obama even compared the glitchy website to iOS 7.

Obama sees this as a serious issue and addressed it today, calling it unacceptable" and planning new ways for Americans to get insurance exchanges despite site issues. 

"The president will directly address the technical problems with - troubles that he and his team find unacceptable - and discuss the actions he has pushed for to make it easier for consumers to comparison shop and enroll for insurance while work continues around the clock to improve the website," said a White House official.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), fixes are being made to the site, but it's not all bad. It said people have been successful in other tasks on, such as verifying eligibility. 

"Individuals have been able to verify their eligibility for credits, enabling them to shop for, and enroll in, low- or even no-cost health plans," said HHS. "We have updated the site several times with new code that includes bug fixes. Our team has called in additional help to solve some of the more complex technical issues we are encountering."

As of last Saturday night, it was reported that almost half a million Americans applied for health insurance as part of Obamacare. 

Source: Reuters

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RE: Bogus
By ianweck on 10/21/2013 2:42:30 PM , Rating: 3
I don't know why people insist Republicans have never put forth an alternative. Yes it requires a repeal of Obamacare, but that is a good thing. It keeps several positive points of Obamacare.

RE: Bogus
By Rukkian on 10/21/2013 3:43:50 PM , Rating: 2
If you read the link you sent, it shows that a bill has never even been out for a vote, and is not actually finalized. This is not a solution if it has not even been written yet.

Without a mandate, I am not sure how you can force insurance companies to cover pre-exisitng. It also says nothing about lifetime max payouts. For pre-existing, it simply says that it is limited to 200% of the standard rate, but that just means they will raise the regular rate to compensate. You will still see many people without insurance since it is too expensive, and just end up going to the emergency room. Then if they get a long term (or terminal disease), or pregnancy they will go on insurance at that point, and only have to pay double what others pay.

This is not sustainable imo.

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