WASHINGTON, DC (CNN/RNN) - During an address at the White House on Monday, President Obama said for the past 3 weeks the healthcare website hasn't "worked as smoothly as people may have hoped."
During the speech, the President accentuated the positives of Obamacare. However, several times he referenced the issues the websites - mainly the federal site healthcare.gov - had dealt with.
Since its rollout, the federal exchange has kept people waiting long times to access the health insurance products. Also, glitches forced people to enter their information multiple times to enroll.
Obama pledged that the 'glitches" would get fixed.
"Nobody's madder than me," he said.
"It's been a fiasco. Send Air Force One out to Silicon Valley, load it up with smart people, bring it back to Washington, and fix this problem. It's ridiculous, and everybody knows that," said Senator John McCain to CNN.
The address opened by introducing Janice Parker, the first woman to enroll through Delaware's version of the exchange. She said she had to try several times to get past the glitches, but she was relieved to have healthcare.
"Without this ability to get insurance, I know a single hospital stay could have bankrupted me and my business," Parker said.
Obama then spoke about some of the additional aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) not related to the exchanges, and how they have helped people. He talked about how people are able to stay on their parents' insurance until they are 26, saying "millions" of young people were benefiting from that.
Also, he said the ACA provided seniors discounts on their medicine.
"Millions of dollars have been saved by seniors already," he said. "That's part of the law. It's already in place."
Obama pointed to the 20 million visitors to healthcare.gov as proof there was "a massive demand for it."
"Through the marketplace, you can get insurance for what you were playing for your cell phone deal or your cable bill," he said. "So that's a good deal."
Other positive aspects he talked about were the expanded care by insurance to cover preventive care, mental health care and maternity care.
"Every day, women are finally buying coverage that doesn't charge them higher premiums than men for the same care," Obama said.
On Sunday, The Department of Health and Human Services wrote: "Our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve healthcare.gov."
The Administration also released one key figure, showing people have filed nearly half a million applications for health insurance so far.
But according to CNN, more than half of that total comes from the 14 states running their own websites - not healthcare.gov.
In fact, just one state, New York, accounts for more than a quarter of all applications - and they have their own website.
"Despite all that, thousands of people are signing up and saving money as we speak," Obama said. "Many Americans with a preexisting conditions are discovering that they can finally get health insurance like everybody else."
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