Obama: We ‘Underestimated’ Job Of Building Health Care Website

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President Barack Obama on Tuesday admitted that his administration understimated the job of building the federal health exchange website, which has continued to suffer major problems since its unveiling on Oct. 1.

“We probably underestimated the complexities of building out a website that would work the way it should,” Obama said at the Wall Street Journal CEO Summit in Washington.

Enrollment has picked up in a few state based exchanges. But the president also faulted Republicans for brewing a toxic political environment as health officials struggled to implement the Affordable Care Act across the country.

“One side of capital hill is invested in failure,” he added.

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