Nightly News   |  December 25, 2013

Obamacare site draws record visitors

The White House is celebrating what could be a last-minute gift of enrollments for healthcare coverage beginning Jan. 1. Peter Alexander reports.

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>> tonight, president obama is spending christmas in hawaii where he's on a family vacation. but it is a working vacation. as the president monitors a big deadline that just passed for the health care law . our white house correspondent peter alexander is traveling with the president and joins us now from honolulu. peter, good evening.

>> reporter: merry christmas to you. the white house is celebrating what could be a last-minute gift of obamacare enrollments for coverage beginning january 1 , a record number of visits to the health care .gov website this week. the administration's decision to give some people time the to complete their applications if they can show they missed yesterday's deadline because of technical problems with the federal website is adding the to confusion for insurers and for some consumers. today in their annual christmas message the president and first lady urged americans to remember troops far from home . this afternoon the obamas are visiting with with service members and their families at a nearby marine base. another christmas message is also getting attention here. that of nsa leaker edward snowden on british television . they are snowden 's first televised comments since he went to russia this summer.

>> a child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. they will never know what it means to have a private noemoment to themselves, an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought.

>> reporter: the white house reiterated the position that snowden should be returned to the u.s. where he faces felony charges.

>> peter, thank you.