Obama: 'No Excuse' for Website Mess

President takes 'full responsibility,' promises it will get fixed
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2013 4:35 PM CDT
Obama: 'No Excuse' for Website Mess
President Obama speaks at Boston's Faneuil Hall on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Just hours after his health chief got grilled on Capitol Hill, President Obama traveled to Boston to ask for patience on ObamaCare's tech trouble, reports AP. "I'm not happy about it," he said. "There's no excuse for it. And I take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed ASAP." Obama spoke in Faneuil Hall, the same place where Mitt Romney signed Massachusetts' health reform into place in 2006, and he drew parallels between the two laws, reports the New York Times. "All the parade of horribles, the worst predictions about health care reform in Massachusetts never came true," he said. "They're the same arguments that you're hearing now."

He also addressed the other major issue with ObamaCare these days—the fact that people around the country are getting cancellation notices. The president, as critics are happy to point out, had promised during his push for the law that people who liked their policies could keep them. Turns out, that's not true for all, but Obama accused his critics of distorting the issue. "For the fewer than 5% of Americans who buy insurance on your own, you will be getting a better deal," he said. "So anybody peddling the notion that insurers are canceling peoples’ plans without mentioning that almost all the insurers are encouraging people to join better plans with the same carrier and stronger benefits and stronger protections …you’re being grossly misleading. To say the least.” Politico's take: Obama is "still struggling to explain" why his first statement shouldn't be considered misleading. (More ObamaCare stories.)

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