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Obama To Acknowledge Troubled Rollout Of

President Barack Obama is expected to call the problems plaguing the insurance exchange's startup unacceptable and detail efforts to fix them in an address in the Rose Garden today.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama To Address Health Care Problems; President Said To Find Glitches Unacceptable
President Barack Obama is expected to acknowledge that widespread problems with his health care law’s rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the glitches. Obama was scheduled to speak Monday from the Rose Garden, his first health care-focused event since the cascade of computer problems became apparent. The troublesome rollout of the health care exchanges has been a glaring embarrassment for Obama's signature legislative achievement (10/21).

Politico: Obama To Speak About Obamacare Woes
He will be joined by people whom the White House described as already benefiting from the law, or helping with the outreach for people to understand and sign up for the new health coverage options. The White House has not announced how many people have enrolled in coverage, but some of the people attending the Monday event have done so (10/20).

Reuters: Obama To Call Healthcare Website Glitches 'Unacceptable' As Fix Sought
President Barack Obama will declare the glitches in a new healthcare website "unacceptable" on Monday and outline ways for consumers to sign up for insurance while his team scrambles to fix problems that have tainted the rollout of his signature healthcare law. Fresh from two weeks of budget battles that have consumed Washington, Obama will hold an event at 11:25 a.m. (1525 GMT) in the White House Rose Garden with consumers, small business owners, and pharmacists who have been affected by the new law (Mason and Mutikani).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: For President Obama, A Frustrating Rollout For His Signature Health Care Legislation
Last week, President Barack Obama gathered some of his top advisers in the Oval Office to discuss the problem-plagued rollout of his health care legislation. He told his team the administration had to own up to the fact that there were no excuses for not having the health care website ready to operate on Day One. The admonition from a frustrated president came amid the embarrassing start to sign-ups for the health care insurance exchanges. The president is expected to address the cascade of computer problems Monday during an event at the White House (10/20).

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