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Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says Obamacare faces January survival test

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Treasury Secretary Jack Lew believes that administration officials have until January to address the systemic technical problems that have marred the health care law's rollout.

NBC's David Gregory asked Lew if "Obamacare [can] survive in its current form if the systems are not improved for delivery of the care and the insured."

"The test is going to be in January, how many people are enrolled and what the quality of service is that they're getting," Lew replied, according to an NBC excerpt of his Meet the Press interview, which airs Sunday.

"I think that if we get that right, everyone will regret that the early weeks were choppy on the website. 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," he said.

Lew's reply is more specific than the answer House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., gave when asked about the problems with the exchange websites.

“I hope that we would have some answers soon and that the answer would be: OK, we've found the glitch or whatever it is, it's been corrected and here's a demonstration of how people, when they approach it now, will be received,” Pelosi told reporters.

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