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Problems Still Plague Health Care Web Site

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There's shocking new information about the web site health care dot gov.
 It  was released by house republicans, who say it shows just how bad it was operating right after it came online.
ABC'S Steven Portnoy has details.

It's an inside look into just how difficult it was to sign up in the first
days of healthcare-dot-gov.  Notes from "war room" sessions on October 2nd
and 3rd are an early catalog of glitches.

Documents, released by the House Oversight Committee, suggest just six
people successfully signed up for coverage on the first day of enrollment.

And by the end of the second day, after millions tried to log on, only 248
people were said to have enrolled.

The Obama administration says these numbers aren't official.  In her
testimony this week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
said the website's flaws make any early data unreliable.

Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Director:
"We do not have any reliable data around
enrollment, which is why we haven't given it to date."

Her agency doesn't plan to issue its first report on enrollment figures
until mid-November..

But the first month -- now in the books -- was overwhelmingly viewed as a
disaster.

A survey, released this morning from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows 80
percent of those polled have a negative impression of Obamacare
implementation.  Just 14 percent say it's gone well, that the law has
benefitted them.

But nearly a quarter of Americans say the Affordable Care Act has caused
them harm..  Many cite higher costs.

Steven Portnoy, ABC News, Washington.

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