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Carney: Immigration push won't distract from ObamaCare focus

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that an expected push on immigration reform would not distract from the administration's "around the clock" focus on fixing glitches with the implementation of ObamaCare.

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On Tuesday, President Obama told a Los Angeles television station that he would pursue an immigration reform vote in the House the "day after" Congress reaches an agreement to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.

But the decision to refocus attention on immigration reform drew questions about whether the White House should focus its resources around fixing HeathCare.gov, the Internet portal where uninsured Americans can shop for health insurance. The website has been plagued by high traffic and technical errors since its launch at the beginning of the month.

Carney told reporters that the problems that had affected the website were "unacceptable," but also argued that "healthcare reform is more than a website."

"Across the country, people are getting health insurance. Although the glitches are unacceptable, so is the idea of leaving millions of Americans on their own, including families across the country who now have access to healthcare they did not have two weeks ago," Carney said.

The White House spokesman also revealed for the first time that the first enrollment numbers for the system would be revealed in "mid-November."

Republicans suggested Wednesday that the administration was deliberately delaying the release of the data to cover up for low enrollment rates.

"Is it because 15 days after ObamaCare launched enrollment, numbers are an embarrassment, and glitches and negative effects of the law continue to plague Americans?" asked Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski.