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9:34 AM PT: Next question is back to health care: Can the president assure all Americans the website will be 100 percent functional as of November 30, and is the reason things haven't gone smoothly that the White House is too insular.
9:37 AM PT: Obama starts out by taking the second question first: Basically says the WH needs to review itself, but also says Federal government isn't great at IT procurement. On the first question: "It will be working much better on December 1 ... the majority of people who go to the website will see a website that is operation as it should" but adds he cannot guarantee that it will be working for 100 percent of the people 100 percent of the time.
9:39 AM PT: "Buying health insurance is never going to be like buying a song on iTunes." Maybe Zune, though.
9:43 AM PT: Obama is still answering the same, question but this just got tweeted out:
Florida insurance officials have said they will cooperate with admin fix, per statement from @SenBillNelson
9:44 AM PT: Ironically, the next question is about how confident Obama is on whether state insurance commissioners will cooperate with his fix. Obama: "My guess is, right away, you're going to see state insurance commissioners" take advantage of the fix. Case in point: Florida, as tweeted above (which presumably he doesn't know yet, so if you're reading this, you're ahead of the president).
Obama did say he was open to additional action from congress, so this might be more of an "addition to" not simply "instead of" kind of thing.
9:55 AM PT: And President Obama's briefing and press conference is now over.
10:02 AM PT: Howard Dean on MSNBC acknowledges that there's been a lot of piling on from pundits, and that even some of Obama's supporters are demoralized, but adds this point: "The web site will get fixed, this will get better, and Obamacare will be the law of the land—and guess what? It will work."
Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 09:33 AM PST.