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Obama: 'No excuse' for health care website problems

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Monday morning, President Obama said "there's no excuse" for early problems with the health care marketplace website, but reiterated his support for the program commonly referred to as ObamaCare.

"There's no sugarcoating it. The website has been too slow. People have been getting stuck during the application process," Obama said. "There's no excuse for the problems...These problems are getting fixed."

48 million Americans don't have health insurance, but the marketplaces central to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act have been running into some problems. With a few exceptions, every American must have health insurance by March 31 or pay a penalty.

Obama made a plea for patience, and said consumers experiencing problems can "bypass the website" and apply over the phone or by mail.

Republicans argue that early problems with enrollment prove the expensive plan isn't ready to be implemented and says they intend to mend any issues.

"ObamaCare is collapsing under its own weight, and a Rose Garden speech isn't going to fix it," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

Minnesota is one of 14 states, plus the District of Columbia, running its own enrollment sites. MNsure representatives have said enrollment numbers in the state are above expectations.

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