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White House can't say when Obamacare website will work properly

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White House press secretary Jay Carney could not provide a timeframe Thursday for when President Obama expects the website handling online enrollment in Obamacare to work properly.

Since the launch of public health exchanges this month, the federal website has been overwhelmed by the high-volume of users seeking information about Obamacare. Initially, the administration attributed the glitches solely to web traffic before acknowledging problems with the software handling the requests.

“There are certainly issues with the website," Carney told reporters during the daily White House briefing.

But Obama’s top spokesman added: “The goal is not about the website; the goal is about … the American people who have been shut out in the past … having options available to them.”

Administration officials continue to insist the glitch-filled rollout is just a temporary blip for the most comprehensive overhaul to the American health system since Medicare.

With the government reopened and debt ceiling lifted, however, the administration will be forced to more actively defend problems implementing Obama's signature legislative achievement. Republicans believe the debate over Obamacare could define the 2014 midterm elections.

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Brian Hughes

White House Correspondent
The Washington Examiner