Obama: 'No Sugarcoating' Affordable Care Debacle

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President Barack Obama is prescribing a major intervention on behalf of the government's failing health care signup system.

Speaking to reporters Monday in the White House Rose Garden, the president claimed he's as upset as anyone with the technical glitches plaguing the website.

"There's no sugarcoating it," Obama told reporters Monday. "Nobody is more frustrated than I am."

"Nobody's madder than me about the fact that the website isn't working as well as it should, which means it's going to get fixed," he said.

The president didn't dwell on the fact that his own Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius set up the enrollment system. HHS announced Sunday that it's bringing in tech experts from other agencies and the private sector to fix the problems.

Meanwhile, members of both parties are expressing concern over the matter.

"This is unacceptable," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said. "It has to be changed, but any system that deals with that many millions of people frequently does have a glitch. Again, this is unacceptable."

But conservative objections go far beyond the technical glitches, as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told CBN News's David Brody.

"It is an objection to a program, a massive expansion of government that is undermining the American dream for millions and millions of people," Rubio said.

"And by his own admission, because of the waivers he's granted and the changes he's unilaterally made, the president has admitted that Obamacare is full of failures," the Florida lawmaker added.

Rubio's office issued a statement Monday warning, "The IRS will go after anyone who fails to meet the Obamacare requirements, so it's important consumers document the online problems."

The president said parts of the health care law are already in effect, and that both the insured and the uninsured will benefit.

"The product is good," Obama said. "The health insurance being provided is good. It's high quality and it's affordable. People can save money, significant money, by getting insurance that is being provided in these marketplaces."

Republicans say citizens will decide.

"Obamacare is going to fail on its own right," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"And you just talked about the number of people that have signed up. The fact is that sick people are signing up, the healthy aren't," he said. "And they're not going to because the deductibles are so high and the cost is going to be high."

Still to weigh in: millions of Americans who haven't bothered to check out the website and who are not yet sure whether they'll sign up for Obamacare or how much it will cost them and their families simply not to take part.

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