President Obama said that "I've been burned already with-- a website," before correcting himself and saying, "the American people have been burned by -- a website that has been dysfunctional." He made the comments in an interview with MSNBC host Chuck Todd.
From the trancript, as released by NBC:
You have 21 days until November 30th. Is this website going to be running smoothly enough? If it's not, at that point, do you sit there and say, "Okay, let's extend the enrollment period. Let's delay the mandate." Do all of those plan B's start coming into focus if November 30th hits?
Well, that-- let me just say generally-- and I don't think I'm saying anything that people don't know and I haven't said before. I am deeply frustrated about-- how this website has not worked over the first couple of weeks. And, you know, I take responsibility of that. My team take responsibility of that. And we are working every single day, 24/7, to improve it. And it's better now than it was last week. And it's certainly a lot better than it was on October 1st.
I'm confident that it will be even better by November 30th and that the majority of people are going to be able to get on there. They're going to be able to enroll. They're going to be able to apply. And they're going to get a good deal-- a better deal than they've got right now when it comes to buying health insurance.
Now that-- you know, having said that-- given that I've been burned already with-- a website-- well, more importantly, the American people have been burned by-- a website that has been dysfunctional. What we've also been doing is creating a whole other set of tracks. Making sure that people can apply by phone effectively. Making sure that people can apply in person effectively. So what I'm confident about is that anybody who wants to buy health insurance through the marketplace, they are going to be able to buy it. And--
So no delays? You-- you have no plans or might-- might--
Keep in mind-- keep in mind that the open enrollment period, the period during which you can buy health insurance is available all the way until March 31st. And we're only five weeks into it. So we've got a whole bunch of time not only to get the website fixed, to work out all the kinks, to make sure that everybody has the information that they need. And what we'll do is-- continue to assess if there are roadblocks for people, we're going to clear out those roadblocks. We are going to make sure that they can access--
--whatever it takes?
Whatever it takes for people to be able to get what is good-quality health insurance at cheaper prices or better insurance for the same price as bad insurance-- that they've got right now. We're going to make sure that they have access to that market.