President acknowledges health site problems

Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:01:34 PM CST
Updated On: Oct 30 2013 09:22:44 PM CDT
BOSTON -

President Barack Obama on Wednesday acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act website was too slow and too many people "have gotten stuck" in it, adding "I'm not happy about it."

Speaking in Boston, the president said he takes "full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed ASAP."

Obama made his speech in Romney's back yard in an effort to remind opponents that the Affordable Care Act is based largely on the health care law that 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney implemented as governor of Massachusetts last decade.

He said that health care reform in Massachusetts was a success despite "early problems" and"changes that had to be made," adding that the predictions of bad impacts from the government coverage "didn't come true."

The federal health care reforms Obama championed are "working right now," with more benefits coming under the new exchanges launched on Oct. 1, the president said. But "we have a problem" because the website isn't working so far.

People who have their individual health care policies discontinued should "just shop around in the new marketplace" for better plans, Obama said.

He challenged Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act to come up with helpful ideas for health care instead of undermining the federal law, saying "anyone defending the old broken system" or lacking any plan to help uninsured or underinsured Americans get coverage "should have to explain themselves."

The president also dealt with hecklers during the health care-themed event. The protesters were calling for a stop to climate change.

"That is the wrong rally," the president joked.

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