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Obama: No excuses for Healthcare.gov problems

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President Obama is admitting that there's no excuse for the problems that have marred the online signup for the Affordable Health Care program.

Obama said he is frustrated about the signup problems, because, he says, the Affordable Care program is a good deal.

"People don't just want it; they're showing up to buy it. Nobody's madder than me about the fact that the website isn't working as well as it should, which means it's going to get fixed," he said.

IT specialists are tackling the job, but, experts say fixing Healthcare.gov will take time.

In Kentucky, coffee shop owner Sondra Powell couldn't sign up online.

" I got an error -- please contact customer service," she said.

Korin Weese in Ohio got no help from phone support.

"She is as useless as this," said Weese, who was stuck at the log-in screen.

But the president said it's more than about websites.

"Nearly six in ten uninsured Americans will find that they can get coverage for less than $100 a month," he said.

"It won't work; there are some ways it can't work," said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office.

Holtz-Eaken, a Republican, argues that everyone's premiums cannot drop. He believes the president is "fudging the stats."

The Government Accountability Office found that young people's premiums will rise sharply.

The voices of lawmakers are sure to rise when Obama Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies next week about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

Sebelius had resisted testifying, but Republicans hammered the administration and Sebelius has decided to show.

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