On Tuesday, as the administration celebrated exceeding the 7 million mark in Obamacare sign-ups, the president's spokesman reiterated President Obama's strong support for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Sebelius has spent the last six months under fire for the rocky rollout of healthcare.gov, but Obama has stood by her as the administration struggled to fix the website's technological glitches. The president rejected calls to fire her and hold someone responsible for the early failures in his signature legislative achievement.
“Those were hard days for a lot of folks who bore the responsibility for making the ACA a success … but the response to a person was not to point fingers and lay blame, but roll up their sleeves,” he added.
Carney, who previously served as Time magazine's Washington bureau chief, acknowledged that the negative coverage of the botched rollout was warranted.
“The negative coverage that we saw in October and November was earned and that's fair,” he said.