Obamacare’s rocky start: Hiccup or sure sign of failure?

Monday, October 21, 2013
By Paul Martin

October 21, 2013

In the eyes of some Republicans, one of the cruelest ironies of the recent government shutdown was its overshadowing of the rollout of Obamacare’s insurance exchanges – an inauspicious, glitch-ridden debut that even the law’s most ardent supporters were hard-pressed to defend.

The circus that attended the shutdown prevented the public and the media from focusing more completely on the website problems that stymied thousands who tried to explore the online insurance marketplace on healthcare.gov. Stories about privacy concerns and technological glitches that might have led evening newscasts, for example, were pushed to the back-burner by the fiscal food fight.

But now, with the budget war abated, at least temporarily, Obamacare’s clumsy debut is again front-and-center on the political stage. And for Democrats, that could be a big problem.

It’s clear they’re trying to get out in front of the growing controversy. A senior administration official tells CBS News that President Obama is very upset with the problematic rollout, and that he finds the glitches with the website unacceptable.

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