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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) - President Obama will host a healthcare event at the White House today to highlight some of the successes of the Affordable Care Act.


However, even the White House acknowledges computer glitches have caused problems for people trying to shop for health insurance on the government website. Opponents say the rough start is proof that the so-called "Obamacare" won't work.
 
Administration leaders say the website problems will be fixed and they project millions will now get coverage that was previously denied. More than 19 million people have visited the website since the launch October 1st. 

"The number one worry before we started was, are people going to be interested? Will people sign up? And the answer to that is overwhelmingly yes," Sen. Chuck Schumer a Democrat from New York.

The White House says half-a-million people have filled out applications but won't say how many of them were able to enroll. A house committee will hold a hearing this week looking into the costs of the Affordable Care act rollout and who is to blame for the problems.

 

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