After website woes, President pushes benefits of Obamacare

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Stop worrying about the website and start talking about Obamacare’s benefits.

That was President Barack Obama’s message to the nation on Tuesday as he kicked off a three-week public relations blitz intended to generate more participation in his signature health care reforms.

A day after officials declared the previously dysfunctional website working smoothly for most users, Obama held a White House event to try to shift the focus of a fiercely partisan public debate to how much help the 2010 Affordable Care Act offers Americans in need.

He noted the botched website launch of October 1 set back implementation of the reforms, and encouraged supporters to help him reintroduce the law to a still skeptical nation.

“Our poor execution in the first couple months on the website clouded the fact that there are a whole bunch of people who stand to benefit,” Obama said. “Now that the website’s working for the vast majority of people, we need to make sure that folks refocus on what’s at stake here.”

The administration hopes the new ability of to handle 800,000 users a day or more without major problems signals a major step forward in getting people to sign up for health coverage now required by law under the reforms.

However, officials including Obama, warn that glitches will persist and describe the website as a work in progress.

In another potential problem disclosed Tuesday, a Treasury inspector general audit cited possible security weaknesses against potential fraud by people getting government subsidies under Obamacare to lower their health insurance costs.

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