President Obama on Monday gave a pep talk to former campaign staff working to implement his healthcare law, telling them to "stay on track" and "make this work."
The president was speaking Monday evening at a healthcare summit run by Organizing for Action, the political advocacy group formed from the remnants of his reelection campaign. His speech capped off a day-long seminar designed to rally grassroots supporters to help the administration's push to get uninsured consumers to purchase healthcare plans available under the Affordable Care Act.
His remarks come just days after White House officials conceded that early enrollment figures in the ObamaCare exchanges would be low, partially due to technical glitches on healthcare.gov that have hampered signups.
Obama acknowledged that "the website isn't working as fast as it needs to, [and] that makes it tougher and that makes it scarier for folks."
"I'm not happy about it," Obama said, adding that he was "taking responsibility to make sure it gets fixed."
The president also acknowledged the brewing controversy over his campaign pledge that individuals could keep their healthcare plans if they wanted, following the implementation of ObamaCare.
Individuals who have purchased insurance since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, changed plans during that period or had their insurance companies significantly alter their plans are not eligible to keep their coverage under the new law.