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PRESIDENT GLITCH: Obama says, ‘Expect months of ‘glitches’ with Obamacare’

President Barack Obama on Monday said he “absolutely” expects glitches and problems with Obamacare as enrollment kicks off Tuesday.

But even with the inevitable complications and issues that accompany the new health insurance exchanges, the president told NPR News he is “confident” the law will offer “the prospect that any American out there who does not currently have health insurance can get high-quality health insurance.”

“In the first week, first month, first three months, I would suspect that there will be glitches,” Obama told NPR News’ Steve Inskeep in an interview airing on Tuesday, but conducted Monday afternoon before the shutdown. “This is 50 states, a lot of people signing up for something. And there are going to be problems. And I guarantee you, there will be problems because we’ve got precedent. When Massachusetts, just one state, set this up, it took quite a long time. It took several months before everything was smoothed out.”

Obama added that people should “discount all the political talk” and take a look at what is offered before deciding whether it works for them and their families.

“They don’t have to take my word for it,” the president told NPR News. “They don’t have to take the word of some of these groups that have been running ads saying Obamacare is a disaster. Discount all the political talk, go to the website directly, and see whether or not this is something that’s good for you.”

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