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Healthcare.gov Issues Continue; Enrollment Numbers Expected Mid-Month

By: CBS
By: CBS

The Obama Administration is launching a new campaign to promote the Affordable Care Act. The President hits the road later this week while some lawmakers continue calling for a delay of the program.

Healthcare.gov was offline for repairs this weekend and is getting daily overnight upgrades. The Obama administration is promising to have the troubled website fully operational by the end of the month. But Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte says the issues go much deeper. She is calling for a timeout in the implementation of the program.

"There are significant problems. Let's convene a bipartisan group and say how do we get this right for health care and the country."

CBS News has learned former Obama Health Care consultant David Cutler delivered a warning to White House economic advisor Larry Summers three years ago.

The memo said: I do not believe the relevant members of the administration understand the President's vision or have the capability to carry it out.

"It is frustrating, any time you really want to see something succeed because you believe it is good for people and it doesn't get off on the right foot," said former health care consultant David Cutler.

But there are signs Americans are at least beginning to get accustomed to the health care law.

A new poll shows 55 percent of those surveyed say they know enough to understand how it impacts them. That's up 8 percent in the last month.

On Wednesday, the President meets with volunteers in Dallas who are helping sign people up for health insurance coverage.

The administration is expected to release enrollment numbers for the first time in mid-November.


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