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Clinton, other Democrats pressure Obama on Healthcare.gov

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Former President Bill Clinton is now weighing in on the Affordable Health Care website controversy. He says President Obama should honor the vows he made about people being able to keep their existing coverage even if it means changing the law.

When it comes to health care, it's not just President Obama versus Republicans anymore. Even his most loyal Democrats in Congress say it's time to fix it.

"I think we need to look at the political reality. We need to be open to constructive changes to make this law work better," said Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL).

One leading proposal from Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu would make the president keep his promise: "If you like your insurance plan you can keep it."

Four fellow Democrats, including vulnerable incumbents up for re-election next year, have signed on.

"It is very upsetting to someone who supported this bill to have this gummed up. But I think it can be fixed," said Sen. Landrieu.

The Democratic defections picked up steam when former President Bill Clinton urged President Obama to stick to his pledge.

"So I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they've got," said Clinton.

White House officials say President Obama agrees, but they won't say what changes he will support.

"The president has instructed his team to look at a range of options," said Jay Carney, White House press secretary.

The Healthcare.gov website problems have damaged the president's image. A new Quinnipiac poll finds just 39 percent of Americans approve of the job he's doing. Some 52 percent say they don't think the president is honest and trustworthy - his lowest numbers ever in that poll in both categories.

"He is angry, he is right to be angry. He was not well served by his colleagues in the administration," said Larry Summers, former director of the National Economic Council.

Summers said the administration has learned lessons the hard way.

"You need experts. You need to trust but even more you need to verify. You can't go rushing the schedule when you get behind or you end up making more errors," he said.

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