Fallout over ACA website issues continues

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November 18, 2013, 5:31 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Tracie Potts) - With the deadline to fix the troubled website now two weeks away, the Obama administration is lowering expectations.

President Obama’s holding a conference call Monday with "Organizing for America," the group that sprung from his re-election campaign. In an email he says he wants to "cut through the noise" as he put it, and talk directly about what's left on his to-do list.

Eighty percent is the Obama administration's new goal.

The goal is to have four out of five Americans able to buy health insurance online by the end of the month.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, "This is a fixable problem. So, once they fix it, people will see, I have an opportunity to cover my family."

This week, the fight on Capitol Hill continues over the five million Americans whose plans are being canceled.

Extend them one year, as the president suggests, or extend them permanently.

Senator John Barrasso said, "It's a political band aid, but it's not a permanent cure."

Thirty-nine Democrats defected Friday and agreed with republicans on that.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi said, "This is political. They respond politically."

Pelosi insists her party is still determined.

Pelosi said, "Democrats will stand tall in support of the Affordable Care Act."

But critics insist fixing healthcare requires a new start.

Senator Kelly Ayotte said, "It's time for a timeout, which I've been calling for, so that we can go back to the drawing board."

The president's approval ratings have plummeted. Can he regain America’s confidence?

Rep. James Clyburn said, "Paradise lost, paradise regained. And when you lose something, you can find it again."

Republicans say next year's congressional elections will be a referendum on whether the president's policies worked.

Tags: Obama, health care, website, Affordable Care Act, administration, Obamacare, Tracie Potts
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