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President promoting Affordable Care Act positively

Updated: Tuesday, December 3 2013, 02:55 PM CST
WASHINGTON   --  President Obama is beginning a determined push to put the Affordable Care Act in a positive light today.

 The president is trying to refocus the public's attention on the broader benefits of the health care law, while playing down the enrollment issues tied to the health care website.

Today President Obama launches a big health care pr push.
He's encouraging Americans to sign up for health insurance but he's also trying to change public opinion about the law after two months of technical glitches and delays.

Republicans say it's too little way too late.
Boehner     House GOP listen to constituents and people and protect them from a fundamentally flawed law.

The White House said yesterday that after two months of around the clock work, the technical problems at healthcare.gov were largely fixed.

There was a huge increase in traffic at the site - 750,000 visitors by 5:30.
There were still hiccups. Some users encountered delays, but now there's a waiting room that provides information on when traffic will clear up.

But some users are still not having much luck.
ABC News has followed Dan Howard of Pennsylvania for two months as he's tried to navigate the web site.

Dan Howard:  Whenever I finish my actual log in, it says i can't go any further because I'm not verified that I'm me.

Howard got a cancellation notice from his health insurance company back in September. His biggest concern now is getting a new policy in time.

I had a heart attack nine years ago. I'm terrified of not having a policy on January 1st.

For the rest of the week, the White House will focus on a different aspect of the health care law.

President promoting Affordable Care Act positively


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