Carney On Obamacare Glitches: "Did Not Expect The Scale Of Problems We've Seen"


QUESTION: On health care, Secretary Sebelius on CNN yesterday said that the president was not aware of any of the problems with website before the launch. We have come to find out since then that there were a bunch of red flags that had cropped up before launch. And so I am wondering whether the president feels now that he should've been made aware of that, should someone be held accountable for giving him that information? And if there was somebody getting information, was he in fact misinformed about the status of the launch?

JAY CARNEY: Jim, thank you for that question. Secretary Sebelius was referring to what I have said and what the president himself has said, which is that while we knew that there would be some glitches and actually said publicly that we expected some problems, we did not know until the problems manifested themselves after the launch that they would be as significant as they have turned out to be. So, you know, there was testing and there was some problems anticipated, that we did not expect. And by we, I mean broadly, the administration did not expect the scale of problems that we have seen. Which is why, at the presidents of direction and the secretary's direction we have launched this all out effort, 24/7 with a tech surge of experts, new eyes and ears coming in to assist the existing team, to identify and isolate each problem that exists with the functionality of the website.

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