Obama: 'The Affordable Care Act is not just a website'

(NBC) -- President Barack Obama publicly acknowledged on Monday that the new health care law's website "hasn't worked as smoothly as it was supposed to work," but he urged Americans not to be deterred from registering for Obamacare because of the technological problems that have plagued its rollout.

"The Affordable Care Act is not just a website," he said. "It's much more."

Joined at the White House by Obamacare applicants and beneficiaries, Obama said the plans available through the health care exchanges -- despite the issues with online enrollment -- are helping consumers.  

"That product is working. It's really good. And it turns out there's a massive demand for it," he said.

Saying that there's "no sugarcoating" the website's problems, Obama pledged quick improvements to the beleaguered HealthCare.Gov site.

"Nobody's madder than me that the website's not working like it should, which means it's going to get fixed," he said. 

Dinging Republicans for "rooting for [Obamacare's] failure," Obama acknowledged that the glitches in the site have exposed the law to further attacks from opponents. 


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