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Nightly News   |  November 12, 2013

Obamacare enrollment falls short of initial projections

Early reports show that in the first six weeks since enrollment opened, only 110,000 Americans have signed up for health insurance. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>>> and on president obama 's new health care law , a former president who likes and supports it has nonetheless now joined the chorus of people pushing the president to keep his promise for all of those americans who like their health insurance who want to keep it. we get more on this topic tonight from nbc's peter alexander at the white house .

>> reporter: the white house has touted him as the disclaimer in chief. but they urged president obama to make good on his promise, and let anyone who wants to keep their insurance plan.

>> i personally believe even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment to federal government made to the people and let them keep what they have.

>> reporter: this afternoon, the white house said that president obama agrees with clinton.

>> the president has tasked his team with looking at a range of options.

>> reporter: according to jay carney , the goal is to make sure those who got cancellation letters get a better plan. it is no easy task, the architect of the massachusetts reform law and obama care.

>> the key goal of this law is to allow everybody to buy insurance at one common fair price . if you allow some people to jump out of the system and keep their older policies at a different price.

>> reporter: gary king enrolled in obama care, signing up for a new policy that will cost him $70 more each month.

>> and i find that having to pay money for coverage that is not really good for me is pretty disappointing. but as far as getting the insurance under the california exchange it was easy enough once you figured out how to do it.

>> reporter: but king is the exception, early reports show since the enrollment opened, only 110,000 signed up. fewer than 50,000 more in the federal marketplace, according to the wall street journal . far shy of the reported target for october, 500,000, and well off the pace to meet the government's projection of 7 million by the end of march. administration officials say they wouldn't confirm enrollment numbers until later this week, but insist they have always expected the first round would be low.

>> tonight, administration officials say the website is getting better each week, so much so brian, that beginning today they're actually sending out 275,000 e-mails in waves, encouraging people who had problems with the website to try again.

>> peter alexander at the white house for us tonight. peter,