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Obama 'frustrated' over health care website

The Obama administration admitted Sunday that the federal health care website's rollout has been flawed and vowed to fix glitches.
/ Source: MSNBC TV

The Obama administration admitted Sunday that the federal health care website's rollout has been flawed and vowed to fix glitches.

President Obama is 'frustrated' by the botched rollout of the federal health care exchange website, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Sunday. 

Appearing on Meet the Press, Lew admitted the rollout was flawed and said that the administration was working to smooth out the system's kinks.

"There's no one more frustrated than the president at the difficulty in the website," he said. 

Obama will address the website's problems in a speech Monday, reports NBC News' Kristen Welcker.

Since Healthcare.gov went live on October 1, users have encountered a myriad of problems while trying to register and to choose an insurance plan. Insurance providers have also reported receiving faulty and duplicate customer information.

Lew said that the true test for Obamacare will be when those who signed up start using the plans. "I think that if we get that right, everyone will regret that the early weeks were choppy on the website," he said. "But the test is: are people getting coverage and are they getting the care that they need. And we're confident we're going to be on track to do that."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also expressed frustration on ABC's This Week, calling the tech glitches "unacceptable.” But, she argued, an error-prone system is still better than a system that left tens of millions of Americans without any health insurance.

"What doesn’t have to be fixed is the fact that tens of millions of more people will have access to affordable, quality health care," she said. 

On Saturday, the AP reported that 476,000 people had begun applications for insurance in the three weeks that the health care website has been active.