Obama: HealthCare.gov working ‘pretty well now’

November 26, 2013

President Obama said at a fundraiser late Monday that the HealthCare.gov Web site is "starting to work pretty well now."

"I think it’s fair to say I’m not happy about the fact that we didn’t have a Web site that worked on the day it was supposed to work -- although it’s actually starting to work pretty well now, and it’s going to be working even better in the coming weeks," Obama said in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Earlier in the day, White House spokesman Joshua Earnest said the White House was "on track" for meeting the Nov. 30 goal for having the Obamacare Web site work for the "vast majority" of users, citing information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"The last I heard from CMS is that we are -- we continue to be on track to meeting the goals that we established for ourselves and established for the Web site on November 30th," Earnest said.

The Washington Post reported two weeks ago that the Web site was unlikely to work in full by Nov. 30. The goal set by the administration, of course, is somewhat nebulous and depends on how you define "vast majority."

At the fundraiser Monday, Obama also took a light-hearted jab at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), noting that Reid, who often speaks in fragmented sentences, isn't a particularly quotable politician.

"I’ll tell you what, although Harry may not win sort of any contest for best sound bite on CNN, if you’re in a fight, you want Harry Reid in your corner," Obama said.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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