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Administration to start fixing Obamacare website
Signing up for President Obama's federal health insurance online will soon no longer be listed as a 24/7 service.
This week, the Obama administration will keep pushing for people to enroll in Obamacare -- despite problems with the healthcare.gov website.
Later today, the president tries to rally grassroots supporters to the cause of signing up uninsured consumers. But there could be more trouble for people seeking to enroll online. The administration says healthcare.gov will be down every night from 1 to 5 a.m. for maintenance.
"I can promise you that the first enrollment numbers released later this month are not going to be what we want them to be," said Dan Pfeiffer.
As the administration scrambles to fix the site, republicans have upped their attack on the health care rollout.
"I would say to the president, why doesn't he call a timeout on this?" said Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
They point to the millions of Americans who may lose their health insurance under the law's changes.
"I think the key thing that the president is trying to get away from is that he told people they could keep their insurance, and that was not the truth," said Mitt Romney.
Supporters of Obamacare counter that the Americans being forced to change their insurance had policies that were low-quality and that now, at a reasonable price, those Americans will be able to buy a plan that includes more basic coverage such as hospital visits, maternity, mental health and prescription drugs.
"If you have a preexisting condition, if you have the kind of health care that disappears when you need it most, the Affordable Care Act says that has to end," said Gov. Deval Patrick.
On Wednesday, the president travels to Dallas where he'll highlight the work being done in local communities across the country to prepare people for the full implementation of Obamacare.
And it looks like people trying to apply over the phone have had the same problem as those trying to sign up on the website. That's according to internal Obama administration memos - obtained exclusively by ABC news.