President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act, the new healthcare laws, alongside people who have already benefitted from the legislation, new registrants, small business owners and representatives from partner organizations, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, October 21, 2013. Obama on Monday defended his problem-plagued health reform plan, declaring at a White House event that, despite numerous glitches, the program is already helping many uninsured Americans. 'Let me remind everybody that the Affordable Care Act is not just a website,' Obama said, after the troubled online rollout of the plan. 'It's much more...You may not know it, but you're already benefiting from these provisions in the law.' (Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama is addressing serious technical glitches in the online rollout of the new healthcare exchanges.
"The number of people who have visited the site has been overwhelming, which has aggravated some of these underlying problems. Despite all that, thousands of people are signing up and saving money as we speak," Obama said.
In a White House event, the President surrounded himself with people who have benefited from the healthcare reform law. The president acknowledges the healthcare website has not worked properly, but the product is good.
"The problem has been that the website that is supposed to make it easy to apply for, and purchase, the insurance, is not working the way it should for everybody," the president said.
Congressional Republicans have been harshly critical of the rollout and a House hearing is scheduled Thursday to analyze the problems.
Hear President Obama's full speech.