Somewhere in America, Obamacare is still working. Even if its website is not. Many people complained this morning, the first day for Healthcare.gov, the federal web portal for Obamacare health exchanges. Reason for the grief was the website was running slow and crashing. During a press conference at the Rose Garden, President Obama said that was because of the overwhelming traffic of people looking to use it.
“Healthcare.gov demanded exceeded anything than we expected,” said Obama, who calculated that more than 1 million people visited the site before 7 a.m. “Like every new law, every new product roll out, there are going to be some glitches in the signup process along the way that we will fix.”
Obama likened it to the recent Apple iOS7 upgrade rollouts, which garnered plenty of complaints for rolling so slow.
Apple “fixed it in a few days,” said Obama, “but I don’t remember anybody saying Apple should stop making iPhones.”
One thing the president said he will not stop making is Obamacare for the American people. House Republicans have been sending continuing resolutions to the Senate that would temporarily fund the federal government, but only under the condition that Obamacare funding would be delayed one year. The Senate has rejected those bills and Obama said he would not accept them anyway.
“As long as I am president I will not give in to the reckless demands of some Republicans in the House who want to deny healthcare benefits” to the American public, said Obama.
Watch video of Obama’s press conference this afternoon: