By Elise Viebeck - 12/20/13 03:55 PM EST
President Obama expressed regrets about ObamaCare's troubled rollout on Friday, saying it was obviously screwed up.
The White House is seeking to recover from a blistering few months of negative news about the healthcare law relating to canceled health insurance and problems at HealthCare.gov.
The latest round of criticism began Thursday night over a decision to modify the individual mandate and allow people with canceled plans to purchase catastrophic policies once intended mainly for young people.
Obama defended the move as helping a select group of people who "slipped through the cracks."
"The majority of [people with canceled insurance] are either keeping their old plan, or they're finding a better deal in the marketplace with better insurance for cheaper costs," Obama said.
"There may still be a subset, a significantly smaller subset than the numbers that have been advertised, that are still looking for options."