Nightly News | October 20, 2013
>>> back in this country, the new health care law remains under fire with many republicans vowing to continue their fight against it. the president will highlight tomorrow how many people have managed to apply for the new insurance plans despite troubles with the government's website. nbc white house correspondent kristin welker has more.
>> reporter: they may have lost the battle but the republican war against the president's health care law isn't over.
>> obama care is the biggest job killer in this country, and the problem is washington, d.c. isn't listening to us.
>> obama care is indeed a train wreck. a visit to the website is kind of like a trip to the department of motor vehicles in your state.
>> reporter: on "meet the press," jack was in damage control mode.
>> i think there's no one more trusted than the president at the difficulty in the website.
>> reporter: he said officials are working around the clock to fix the technical glitches which have prevented people from all across the country from accessing the website. in a sunday blog, the department of health and human services said it is bringing in the best and brightest from inside and outside the government to help.
>> the test will be in january, how many people are enrolled and what is the quality of service that they're getting. we're confident we will be on track to do. that.
>> reporter: according to officials here inside the white house , nearly half a million people have filed applications through federal and state exchanges. but officials say they don't know how many people have actually enrolled. those figures are expected next month.
>> the fight on obama care, the affordable care act , took us off message.
>> reporter: while republicans may be united in their fight against obama care, they are bitterly divide over their strategy after their crushing tea feet last week. senior republicans took aim at the tea party led by senator ted cruz .
>> all of those involved went on a fool's errand. that's just a fact.
>> cruz didn't hesitate to fire back.
>> when you've got senate republicans saying, we cannot win. we will surrender. this is a fool's errand. it sabotages the effort.
>> reporter: law enforcement officials say that they are investigating threatening tweets that have been sent to senator ted cruz . of course, that is separate from all of this. meanwhile, hhs secretary kathleen sebelius has been called on to testify before a congressional hearing this thursday about those glitches. and hhs officials say she is unavailable on that day but willing to work the committee.